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Genres: Blues, Pop
The multitalented Kenny Neal offers up a real treat with Bayou Blood, which features mostly original songs seasoned with a very few covers. Neal's guitar work is excellent and his smoky voice is a pleasure, but it's his ha... more »
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The multitalented Kenny Neal offers up a real treat with Bayou Blood, which features mostly original songs seasoned with a very few covers. Neal's guitar work is excellent and his smoky voice is a pleasure, but it's his harp playing that really shines, especially on "Howling at the Moon" and "Big City Ways." There's plenty of variety, from the fast-paced shuffle of "Right Train, Wrong Track" to the slower, attitudinal "Gonna Put You out of My Misery" to the smooth "Smoke Signals." "That Knife Don't Cut No More," "Do I Have to Go That Far?" and the title track are especially memorable, and a tasty cover of "You Ain't Foolin' Me" closes this album with style. --Genevieve Williams
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Docendo Discimus | Vita scholae | 07/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kenny Neal's fourth album was his best so far. The first half is particularly solid, tough, sturdy swamp blues and gritty R&B, and some excellent harp and guitar playing by Kenny Neal himself.
Neal has been one of the greatest American blues and rock singers for 15 years, and his powerful baritone voice is at once soulful and rough.
Some may regret that the horn section which backed Kenny Neal on his previous records is largely gone, while some may relish the fact. Me, I like it either way, and Neal's harmonica playing on this album is particularly excellent.
The swaggering "Gonna Put You Out Of My Misery" and the slow grind of "That Knife Don't Cut No More" are among his best songs, and other highlights include "Howling At The Moon", "Right Train, Wrong Track", and the excellent harp-laden "Do I Have To Go That Far".
The first eight songs are uniformly strong, actually, but the album loses a bit of steam towards the end with a few too many similarly sounding and not particularly memorable numbers. They're not bad, far from it, actually, but coming right on the heels of "Do I Have To Go That Far" even good songs like "I Can Read Between The Lies" and "Big City Ways" sound a little bit stale.
But still...second-rate Kenny Neal is better than many artists' best efforts, and while a ten-track "Bayou Blood" would have been a sure five-star album, this 14-track incarnation is pretty great as well."