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Standing on the Bank
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
On his first two albums, Tab Benoit epitomized everything that's wrong-headed about young blues revivalists; the twentysomething Louisianan overplayed his guitar, over-emoted his vocals and generally replaced the drama of ... more »
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On his first two albums, Tab Benoit epitomized everything that's wrong-headed about young blues revivalists; the twentysomething Louisianan overplayed his guitar, over-emoted his vocals and generally replaced the drama of the blues with histrionic melodrama. If one were to prescribe an antidote for such excesses, it would be a trip to Pedernales, Texas, and a collaboration with Mr. Laid-Back himself, Willie Nelson. That's precisely what Benoit has done on his latest recording, "Standing on the Bank." The cure isn't wholly successful, for Benoit still overdoes it on occasion, especially when he tries to act the macho stud on tunes such as "Make Your Mind Up" or "You Got What I Want." But when he reins himself in, he reveals just what a strong, handsome tenor he has and just how easily he can get around on the guitar. --Geoffrey Himes
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CS | Houston, TX United States | 04/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of my favorite Tab albums. His own material is great, and he covers the "Alberts" to a T. This guy (from Houma, LA by the way) has with "Standing on the Bank" recorded a master piece. But he is even better live. Catch him at the Rock-N-Bowl on a Saturday night, and get blown away. He plays really hard - usually pops at least 4-5 strings per show. And on home turf he doesn't want to quit, and will go as long as they let him. Go see him when he comes to your town!"
Mr. Himes? try a quote from the blues-god known as Clapton
nota1ab | Twin Cities, MN | 03/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Upon the death of SRV, Rolling Stone asked, 'how does it feel to be the best blues guitar player alive today?' E.C. replied, "I've no idea, go ask Tab Benoit."
I've seen him in person - a wonderful, powerful, full-on assault of blues and bending the frets as he cares to - and now own several of TB's works, and love them all.
If your taste for the blues runs like mine - ZZ Top to Clapton to SRV to Robert Randolph and the Family Band to Muddy Waters to Buddy Guy to Erida Badu to the Blues Brothers - ANY of Tab's works will make you smack your lips in indulgence and reflect 'mighty tasty indeed'."