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on 2 July 2012
Purists may scoff at the post-Lowell George incarnation of Little Feat, but they're still going strong more than three decades after their leader's death.

Output has admittedly been patchy, with different lead vocalists on board including Pure Prairie League's Craig Fuller and, for a time, even a female singer (sacrilege!) in Shaun Murphy, but replacing such an idiosyncratic front man was always going to be nigh on impossible.

Their last album of new material, "Kickin' It At The Barn" some nine years ago marked something of a return to form and happily this long-awaited new one continues the revival. In fact, this is probably as close as they've come in all this time to the sound and feel of the Lowell George era, witness tracks such as "Salome" "Rooster Rag" and "One Breath At A Time".

Guitarist Paul Barrere, for so long post-George the principal songwriter for the band, takes something of a back seat this time with only one co-write to his name, the rumbustious "Just A Fever". In place of the usual clutch of Barrere compositions, famed Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter collaborates on four songs with keyboardist Bill Payne, including the bluegrassy title track, whilst multi-instrumentalist Fred Tackett steps up to the plate with four compositions of his own, including the late-nite jazzy "Tattooed Girl" and the moody "Church Falling Down".

An energetic cover of Mississippi John Hurt's lascivious "Candy Man Blues" adds to the general bonhomie, and the band round things off nicely with a lively romp through Willie Dixon's "Mellow Down Easy", another innuendo-laden post-war blues made famous by Little Walter, with long-serving percussionist Sam Clayton on lead vocal duties.

Drummer Gabe Ford makes an impressive debut in place of the sadly-deceased Richie Hayward, and, overall, whilst it's certainly no "Dixie Chicken" this is nonetheless a very acceptable Little Feat album this far down the line.
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Little Feat were never just a one man band but I must admit that for me after Lowell George died they were never quite as good again. This latest record features the band now minus their excellent long-serving drummer the late Ritchie Hayward and also without any additional lead singers or any special guests. However, despite that this is a really good record, not quite up to the standard of Feat classics from the 70s but not that far behind.

Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter gets writing credits on four songs contributing enigmatic lyrics worthy of Lowell himself and new drummer Gabe Ford keeps everything swinging along, while Paul and Fred's guitars and Bill's keyboards are as good as ever. There are some really good songs here - I particularly liked Bill Payne's songs 'Rooster Rag', 'Way Down Under' and 'The Blues Keep Coming' which all sounded like classic Feat tracks. Fred Tackett's songs like 'Church Falling Down' and 'Tattooed Girl' are more subtle and I also liked Paul Barrere's funky 'Just a Fever', written with the late Stephen Bruton. There are also covers including the opener a rocking version of John Hurt's 'Candy Man Blues' and the closer Willie Dixon's great blues 'Mellow Down Easy' with vocals by Sam Clayton and harp from Kim Wilson. So like the Feat classics of old this record features a great variety of sounds - rock, blues, funk and country and if the magic of the past isn't quite there it is a great listen.
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on 23 March 2013
Took a couple of plays to get into it ,but there again so did a lot of the earlier stuff. Just seen them live in Norwich ,they opened with Fever off this album and everyone was on it straight away .They did 4 off this album which all sat well alongside all their classics. May be the last chance of seeing them in the uk With Paul Barriere having to have 12 months treatment for hepititus. Best boogey band ever
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on 26 January 2013
Not 5 star because thier back catalogue contains some of the greatest music ever produced, this is good but not up to the standard of old.You immediately know its the FEAT playing ,which is gratifying . i am sure it will grow on me and some tracks are already getting into my head . Cant wait to see them again soon in London.
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on 12 December 2012
Excellent, typical Little Feat sound. There is a nice balance of songs within the album, all of which are very enjoyable.
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on 3 March 2013
Great blues covers, soulful new songs, and very recognisablly a much loved band doing it for us still! Oh yeah.
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on 1 April 2015
Some great tracks but not quite a return to form
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on 21 August 2012
Despite the very sad loss of Richie Haywood this is still a great album. The song writing is again great, and to me this is the key. The guys are all superb players, but they need good material. After hearing the CD through I just thought "YES"!
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on 19 April 2013
Good try - all the musical elements are in place (pace Ritchie Havens) but it just doesn't get off the ground no matter how hard you are rooting for the rooster to fly. Another forgettable album by a band I've loved all my adult life but who are in search of a lost mojo. Lovely idea to bring Robert Hunter on board - I hope they all had a great time recording it but the album doesn't cut it. Sorry guys.
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on 6 February 2013
I remember the old when Little Feat were something special. i bought this with the hope that the old days were back...sadly not
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