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New Blues for Modern Man
Genres: Blues, Pop
New Blues for Modern Man is certainly an appropriate title for an album from a man who's been a force in contemporary blues for over 30 years. Duke Robillard, a founding member of Roomful of Blues and occasional member of ... more »
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New Blues for Modern Man is certainly an appropriate title for an album from a man who's been a force in contemporary blues for over 30 years. Duke Robillard, a founding member of Roomful of Blues and occasional member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, has managed to keep a solid solo career going amid his blues projects, and this album is no exception. The songs, both originals and covers, are well chosen; the only possible misstep is a cover of "Pony Blues," the arrangement of which sounds a little odd. There's some very strong material here as well, though; "Addiction" and "Good Man" settle into some catchy grooves, "Hurt Me" and "Love Sick" are very well done slow blues, and "You're the Only One" has an engaging Spanish feel. --Genevieve Williams
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Tom F. from GALESBURG, IL
Reviewed on 10/28/2009...
Duke really is one of the best.
Not one of Duke's best
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The one thing lacking in this CD is Duke's guitar. Even though there are several good tracks, Duke fans might be a little disappointed. A couple of the songs/arrangements simply seem to be out of place and disjointed. Still, there's enough on this CD to be worth it."
What a daring piece of work!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If blues fans are looking for the typical "blues guitar hero" type album with "New Blues for Modern Man" from Duke Robillard, this time they are going to be disappointed. MUSIC fans, on the other hand, will be in for such a treat. This record is one of the most creative and daring albums ever released by a major blues artist, the kind that is sure to anger the "purists," but the kind that is so necessary if blues music is to evolve into the new millenium.Sure, there's great guitar work here, but finely crafted tunes such as "Pony Blues" and the incredible "Addiction" and "Fishnet" defy convention while staying firmly in blues traditions. And, as usual, Duke plays his butt off, using electronic effects like no other blues artist working today, and his vocals are smooth and assured.Duke has come a long, long way from his Roomful of Blues days, and, amazingly, a long way from his Fabulous Thunderbirds days. He's one of the most unique and gifted artists in the blues world, forsaking the kind of trite, typical "blues" that most artists perform today in favor of forging his own path, his own way, in his own style. Miss "New Blues for Modern Man" at your own risk, and see Robillard and his great band (including sax sensation Doug James) live if you can. They're so tight and tasty, it's almost scary."