on 18 December 2006
This is the first T-birds album to be made following the departure of founder member Jimmie Vaughan and he is replaced by the twin attack of Duke Robillard (formerly of Roomfull Of Blues) and Kid Bangham. The album kicks off as it means to go on with the tremendous crash and bang of "Twist of The Knife" and then into the blistering soul of Sam and Dave's "Ain't That A Lot Of Love". Wilson's vocal prowess is admirably demonstrated on all tracks, as is the drumming of Fran Christina and the superb guitar playing of Robillard.
While this may not be the very best album Wilson and co have produced, it's well worth parting with a little of your hard earned cash for a copy
The first Thunderbirds record after the departure of Jimmy Vaughan and his replacement by Duke Robillard and Kid Bangham was a return to a more blues-based sound after their more commercial late 80s disks. However, even though I wasn't particularly a fan of Vaughan and the two new guitarists give a bit more variety of sounds than Jimmy was capable of, this record doesn't reach the heights of the Thunderbirds early 80s records. Kim Wilson's harp and vocals are excellent, as ever, and the other musicians are all fine but that certain spark just doesn't seem to be there. I did like the soul ballads "Need somebody to love" and "When I get home" and also the rocking "Work together" but I felt the covers of Homer Banks' "Ain't that a lot of love", Jnr. Parker's "Feelin' good" and all the other tracks were just average.