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It's country but it's funky
on 17 February 2004
I agree with the previous reviewer. This CD was on my potential purchase list for some time but I just couldn't work up the enthusiasm to actually stump up and buy it, what with that country thing in the title with its concomitant associations of bootlace ties and maudlin dirges sung to the bottom of empty beer glasses. Besides there seemed to be so many more worthwhile releases that needed attending to first.
How wrong I was.
Instead of investing in too many lame over-hyped CDs (like the dreary Mountain Goats album We Shall All Be Healed, for one) I should have bought this much sooner because, not to put too fine a point on it, it is blinkin' brilliant.
It's hard to find comparisons, but then again all you need to know is right there in the title. Don't let it put you off like it did me. Get past the country thing and take on board the soul part too because, get this, it's mainly white 'country' artists, see, but with that Muscle Shoals thing going on too. Clever, eh? If you're vaguely considering buying it because it sounds kinda interesting, then believe me, it is as good as you imagine it is. It's righteously funky, sure enough, but not in the teeth rattling, bass-in-your-bones James Brown sense (not that there's nothing wrong with that as we all know) but in a more bluesy, sultry, swampy kind of way. If you like the Elvis of the Memphis sessions or Polk Salad Annie then this should be right up your bayou.