With their third album, this blues-rock outfit from the Mississippi hills further transcends their mimicry of the Allman Brothers and home-turf heroes Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside, and Fred McDowell to forge a distinct sound. Sure, the guitars ring even more like the Allmans' with the addition of Burnside's son Duwayne, who harmonizes his six-string with Luther Dickinson's on plenty of tunes. But improved vocal performances and pop-savvy arrangements make numbers like "Eyes," "Kids These Daze," "One to Grow On," and the hip-hop-informed "Be So Glad" ready for rock radio. Happily, the foursome haven't sidestepped their deep blues roots. The late cane fife master Othar Turner appears on "Be So Glad," and they cover Kimbrough's "Meet Me in the City" with all of its original swing and swagger, plus the warm, joyful tone of Dickinson's expert slide playing. "The One Thing," with its roiling acoustic guitar intro and steel-guitar-style string-bending, unfurls like an epic. It evolves from country blues to country rock and then dives into a gently exploratory jazz-blues instrumental passage before returning to its flat-four beat. If this CD gets the attention its well-written songs and fine playing deserve, the Allstars' smart and solid fusion may well become the foundation for a new school of Southern rock. --Ted Drozdowski
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Reviewed on 9/3/2008...
WHAT happened to the NMA on this one??? After their ShakeHandsWithShorty and 51 Phantom CDs, something went waaaay wrong with the NMA on this album (maybe some kinda POP attempt?). This album is so very pale compared to the blooze-rockin' good times they previously recorded... Get Shake Hand With Shorty and 51 Phantom albums for the real deal!
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Criticism is biased
brotherman | alamosa, CO | 06/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"to say that this album isn't any good just because it is different from shake hands with shorty or 51 phantom is wrong. This is a great album with great songs and great production done by a great band."