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Good in parts
on 28 August 2014
Disappointing new rockabilly album from Brian Setzer.
I was so looking forward to this, after having got tired of "live" albums and feeling that he has exhausted the Orchestra format.
On a positive note, guitar playing (obviously), general musicanship and productions standards are high. Some great piano pounding as other reviews have noticed.
Sadly though, there is very little original here. "What's her name" is a blatant rewrite of Tommy Sand's "Worrying Kind". Some of the guitar riffs are lifted from other well known rocking tunes - although admittedly Setzer does then take them to other places. "Rockabilly blues" sounds like "Please don't touch" when it starts, sounds like the Cats' "Lust n love" gets a nod elsewhere on the album.
"Lets shake" is a party rock n roll song, aimed at radio play, namechecking several other classics of the genre. Nothing wrong with that as such, but it does set the tone for the whole album - it is like Setzer has written an introductory primer for those seeking an introduction to the rock n roll scene.
Best songs? Probably "Lets shake", "Rockabilly blues", "Nothing's a sure thing", "Stiletto cool" and "I should've got a V8".
It's not bad, has been on repeat in the car since release, but could have been so much better