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Posted October 1, 2010
Not His Best Work
Let me mention a few things about Brian Setzer's new album, Rockabilly Riot Volume 1: A Tribute To Sun Records. At first listen, I loved it, it's very danceable (that's probably not a word, but), loud, fast and the guitar work is good. The second, third, and fourth listen I didn't like it as much and I'm still desperately trying to like it as much as the first time. I don't and aside from a few stellar tracks and the above average guitar work, I don't really like the album. I think it's too predictable. I appreciate the selection of mostly obscure recordings, but somehow it doesn't work for me. I don't like the tracks Blue Suede Shoes or Get Rhythm because Setzer plays them just as Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash did (and I realize he was trying to stay close to the original versions, but variation would be nice, and I just don't see re-recording something if you aren't going to add anything new or original to it). However his version of Mona Lisa blows me away. Rock N' Roll Ruby, and Red Hot are pretty decent tracks. Real Wild Child is one of the better tracks on the album but I prefer BR5-49's cover to Setzer's. The album ends with the song Red Cadillac and a Black Mustache which is by far the best track on the album, simply because it's so painfully beautiful and musically well crafted. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this. Much like Setzer's previous record, Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy, it's a bit of a let down. I think he needs to go away for a few years and come back in a few and see how things go. It's just that I think he's becoming to much of a "novelty" act so to speak. If you want Setzer stick to The Dirty Boogie, Guitar Slinger, or pick up an older Stray Cats record. There's not much more that I can say.
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