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Too Much Fun
C.J. Chenier, Red Hot Louisiana Band
Too Much Fun
Genres: Blues, World Music, Pop
 
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Too Much Fun, C.J. Chenier's fourth album as a bandleader, is the best of the four, and more closely resembles his dad's (Clifton Chenier) records than anything else being released these days. In the liner notes, C.J. decl...  more »

      
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All Artists: C.J. Chenier, Red Hot Louisiana Band
Title: Too Much Fun
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Alligator Records
Release Date: 4/17/1995
Genres: Blues, World Music, Pop
Styles: Regional Blues, Cajun & Zydeco
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 014551483021, 014551483045

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Too Much Fun, C.J. Chenier's fourth album as a bandleader, is the best of the four, and more closely resembles his dad's (Clifton Chenier) records than anything else being released these days. In the liner notes, C.J. declares that he plays "real songs," not "this new type of zydeco ... where they just play one riff over and over and shout some words." This knock on Beau Jocque may be unfair (Beau Jocque does as much with one riff and a groove as James Brown once did), but it does signal C.J.'s devotion to his dad's song-based zydeco. C.J. co-wrote four of the songs, recycled three of his dad's and added such inspired choices as the calypso standard "Man Smart, Woman Smarter," Z.Z. Hill's blues standard "Down Home Blues" and Fred Koller's Nashville novelty number "Give Me Some of That." Guitarist Harry Hypolite is still on hand from Clifton's great band, and the younger musicians make the catchy hooks fit comfortably in the dancehall grooves. What really separates this recording from the zydeco pack, however, is C.J.'s singing. Not only can he nail a juicy melody, but he can bring out the story in the lyrics. He tells the woeful tale of all the "Bad Luck" he suffered until he met the right woman with a perfect blend of humor and sincerity, and he delivers the romantic ballad, "Richest Woman," with the raspy, gospel-soul fervor of a Solomon Burke. --Geoffrey Himes

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CD Reviews

Too Much Fun
08/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is just as the title says! It has slow music. It has upbeat music. It makes you happy and puts you in a good mood! The accordian is the "KEY"! If you close your eyes, you think that you're in New Orleans."
Hand Clappin', Toe Tappin' Fun...and Lots of It!
Andy Boucher | Madison, WI | 06/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"C.J. Chenier, son of zydeco legend Clifton Chenier really shines on this disc. Too Much Fun is exactly right! You can't help but have fun, singing and dancing along to this disc. These are songs to fill the dance floor. It has a mix of both fast cajun-style songs, and slower, more 'traditional' blues songs. Backed by the Louisiana Red Hots, Chenier's smooth accordion playing changes the mood of each different song. Chenier's solo on "Richest Man", one of the slower songs, is very impressive and original. Quickly became my favorite Zydeco album, and I bet it will become one of yours, too."