Friday, January 15, 2010

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in A Less Than Stellar Mode

Originally posted on July 21, 2008

Bands that evolve are potentially interesting—or not, depending on where they are going. Case in point: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. They started out riding the crest of the Brian Setzer jump-boogie revival.

By the time the CD on the changer right now [Save My Soul (Big Bad, 2003)] came out, they had augmented that with what sounds like New Orleans party music. Well, they seem to try hard, but it falls short. There aren’t enough cajones in the vocals, for starters. And it just doesn’t lie comfortably on the speakers. It doesn’t sound quite “real.”

There are other, better records by this band. Start with them.

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