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  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kartel
  • ASIN: B0030MRUE4
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Following on from Son of Dave's critically acclaimed 2008 album '03', the notorious genre-alchemist returns with his latest offering 'Shake A Bone' recorded and mixed by Steve Albini in Chicago.

BBC Review

It’s hard to deny what a straight-up bundle of joy the most recent rebirth of the blues has been. Whether it’s Mumford & Sons mingling bluesy moonshine with UK folk and alt-Americana, Amy Winehouse’s gin-soaked 60s soul take on proceedings, Jack White’s guttural, fire-filled side-project The Dead Weather or Seasick Steve’s shotgun shack shimmy, the passion-infused genre is music at its most exhilarating, revealing and powerful. Son of Dave – the nom-de-blues of one Benjamin Darvill – knows this more than most.

Shake a Bone is Darvill’s fifth solo record – not counting the handful he made in the 1990s with his former band, Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm hit-makers the Crash Test Dummies. A close sonic relative of the one-man whirlwind that is the aforementioned Sir Seasick – but with noticeably more beat-boxing – Canada-born Darvill’s own harmonica-heavy and grunt-laden style also contains hints of the dusty south London gypsy stylings practised by gospel-punk collective Alabama 3.

Relying heavily on basic 12-bar blues and huskily intoned lyrics about wayward teens (She Just Danced All Night) and busted sets of vintage wheels (Broke-down Lincoln) over stripped-down shuffling, it’s pretty obvious that Darvill isn’t particularly concerned with reinventing the musical wheel. That said, there is something terribly satisfying about the primitive nature of his yelps and purrs and the relentless pounding of the lo-fi drumbeat. Every song seems to have been infused with a steamy, clandestine hoe-down atmosphere, making the dozen tracks on the record sound as if they belong more to a blistering, intimate live show than they do a slickly produced album. 

Recorded and mixed by hardcore legend Steve Albini, with Darvill on production duty, the immediate yet lived-in feel of the record is perhaps no surprise. Gentler numbers, like saucy slow-burners You All But Stay and Guilty, sit in comfortable contrast to the record’s rowdier moments, of which the funk-inflected Ain’t Nothing but the Blues and the beat-box-driven Undertaker are chugging, grinding dirt-pop highlights. --Leonie Cooper

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There have been the (very) occasional moments in my music appreciation life, when a track or album has been of such note that, for me, it has marked the genius that is bestowed on the very few. For example, I still have fond memories of a lunchtime stroll down Victoria Street in London around 1967 time when I first heard Canned Heat's 'On The Road Again' shouting at me from the open door of a record shop now long gone. I remember entering and asking the young female assistant what the incredible sound was coming from the (now primitive) speakers. If anything she was more excited about it than I was. "I've been waiting for someone to ask" she said as she thrust a copy into my hand. "It's incredible - please play it as much as you can!" I was more than happy to pay the few old shillings for a record that kick started many a 60s party and still has a pride of place in my collection. Similarly, the hairs on the back of my neck were tingling the moment I heard J.J. Cale's great album 'Travel-log', one of the very few albums without a bum track. Well, here we have another one. This album 'Shake A Bone' from Son of Dave is so different from anything else around that, for me, it points to a completely new direction in the history of both music and, particularly, the blues. Such an innovative sound; the track 'Broke-down Lincoln' really is a touch of genius in the way that it justs forces its way under your skin. More like this young man, and you will have a following the likes of which you could never have imagined in any of your incarnations!
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wow I would defy anybody to keep still whilst listening to this cd, trying to make tea whilst dancing round the kitchen at the same time, should be an health warning with this cd, I love every track starting with Rock and Roll Talent Show right through to the last track the way we roll em, I have transferred the cd to my stacker unit in the car can't get enough of listening to this. I will be looking out for other CD's by this artist, that's for certain
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A man, a harmonica, a shaker, a loopstation (clever record-and-playback machinery) ... adds up to some lively and off-centre rhythm 'n blues. Probably worth watching a video first, as I did, so you can understand the context of how he performs live, and enjoy it all the more.
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I love this guy and think this is his best album so far. It is just perfect for a full-volume thrash home in the car after a bad day at work and certainly puts a smile back on my face. "Broke-down Lincoln" is a classic.
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Recently purchased this album and once again wasn't disappointed. For me, it isn't as good as O3, but still a great effort from the one-man music machine. This album definitely has more of a 'Blues' feel to it than Son of Dave's previous work. The album becomes a little more 'upbeat' later on, but unfortunately it doesn't ever seem to scale the dizzy heights of O3. Those of you who are new to Son of Dave's music, I would strongly recommend you give O3 a listen to hear his best work. I would describe his sound as a one off - imagaine Blues meets Yellow (who did "The Race") with some beatboxing thrown in and you won't be far off. Great to listen to, but definitely MUCH better to see live...
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