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Let Me Play With Your Poodle
Genres: Blues, Pop
Long, tall Marcia Ball kicks off her new album with the title track, "Let Me Play with Your Poodle," a rollicking, double-entendre blues number originated by Tampa Red. In Ball's version, she reinforces the salacious lyric... more »
Long, tall Marcia Ball kicks off her new album with the title track, "Let Me Play with Your Poodle," a rollicking, double-entendre blues number originated by Tampa Red. In Ball's version, she reinforces the salacious lyrics with a punchy horn section, her own second-line New Orleans piano solo and her own giddy vocal. And Ball doesn't need to dip into blues history for a bawdy song; she proves she can write her own on "The Right Tool for the Job." The rest of the album isn't quite so blunt, but whether she's admitting she "Can't Trust My Heart" or declaring there's "Something I Can't Do," Ball locks her voice and piano parts so firmly into the syncopated Gulf Coast rhythms that there always seems to be a party in full swing on this recording. The album is dominated by the sights and sounds of Ball's native Louisiana, from the culinary delights of Clarence Garlow's "Crawfishin'" to the ironic history of Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927." Ball is now based in Austin, however, and she is backed by some of the finest blues musicians in Texas, including Clarence Hollimon, who plays guitar on "I'm Just a Prisoner," and Doyle Bramhall, who sings the duet vocal on "How Big a Fool." Ball doesn't possess the strongest voice in the blues world, but few revivalists can match her instinctive grasp of rhythmic phrasing. --Geoffrey Himes
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been following Marcia off and on for the last 10 years...always thought of her as a fun artist with a nice voice and enough piano to make her credible.Then I heard this album...she cranks out a bunch of blistering pounding piano solos that impressed this old hard heart.Go get this one...by far the best of her albums"
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a chance purchase by my Father who shares my love of blues. I feel like I have been let into a new field of boogie~woogie, key dancin...world. This lady is fantastic, I would give my right left toe to be able to do what she does to those ivorys. Play with Your Poodle is a piece of mastery that would bring anyone out of the deepest funk they have ever been in. I thought for a minute this lady knew me in 'can't trust my heart'... Wonderful mix of boogie and soulful heart breakers... I will be working my through the rest of these! If you love piano music of this kind as I do, this is a must have..the whole CD is great...."
Marcia's best to date.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think this is Marcia Ball's most far-reaching and sophisticated CD to date. Her full range as a musican and singer are on display. The first song "Let Me Play With Your Poodle", reaches out, grabs you out of your chair, and takes you full-speed into the joyous world that is Marcia Ball's music. You get the full drive and power of her piano playing. Other Louisiana type songs include "Crawfishin'" and "The Right Tool for the Job". "American Dream" is a little bit different for Marcia--a Delbert McClinton-style rocker--but it's become one of my favorites. Lost-love ballads like "The Story of My Life" are a great change of pace, and the final song "Evangeline" is a quietly passionate cover of a Randy Newman song that is just exquisite.I thought "Blue House" was the best, but this is even better. It really shows off the Marcia Ball Band (which, unfortunately, has seen almost a complete turnover since this CD came out) at its most mature and powerful."