Alligator Records 15

These are some interesting acoustic blues ruminations. with almost an early Tom Waits feel. The accented vocals (it’s very hard for people who don’t speak English as a first language to sing in English) are a little disconcerting, but in some ways they add to the spooky vibe. This is a much more interesting approach to blues than to do a ‘straight’ blues recording or trying to reproduce old blues songs.
I also liked the percussion and the ‘air’ in the mixes. I was less enthusiastic the more regular the music was. For example, track 3 was very interesting, whereas track 4 was too conventional for me, even with the tempo changes.
Overall, an intriguing listen and an ambitious project.

Bruce Iglauer