7 out of 10 ain't too bad
Jacob Starr | philadelphia,pa | 12/18/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The thinking behind the songlist for "Hot Number" is exasperating, to say the least. This is the album that followed the highly successful "Tuff Enough" record, responsible for putting the blues on the Billboard top 10 for the first time ever! Dave Edmunds produced again and did a fine job. Unfortunately, when track four, five and six get through, whatever energy created by the great start of the record is completely demolished and the listener is left wondering what happened. If you take those tracks out of the mix you have a fairly incredible record, complete with some of Kim Wilson's best vocals, Jimmie Vaughan's tastiest guitar work and even a Duke Robillard composition that completely rocks. Replace those three tracks with songs that are consistent with the rest of the album and this record is easily as good as "Tuff Enough" and maybe better. I guess you can call it a "what if" scenario of high proportions, truly a head scratcher."