Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddyby Brian Setzer
It's been more than two decades since Brian Setzer wreaked havoc on the ol' time-space continuum by making old-school rockabilly a viable listen for postmodern folks. In the intervening years, the pompadoured guitarist has dipped his six-string into a wide variety of streams, from swing to standards, and on this 12-pack, he splashes around in a goodly number of those past haunts. The onetime Stray Cat has put his orchestra in cold storage, at least temporarily: Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy, as befits its title, is largely chopped and channeled rock 'n' roll. Even so, there's enough variety to keep listeners on their toes, from the raw riffing of the glamourpuss-bashing "Drink Whiskey and Shut Up" to the moody, Orbison-styled melody weaving of "Wild Wind." Setzer is still capable of reeling off surprising tangents on guitar -- particularly on the cagey instrumental "Rat Pack Boogie" -- but just to keep things interesting, he's willing to shunt his usual axe aside now and then, as on the banjo-led album closer, "When the Bells Don't Chime." The disc's most adventurous track, however, is its most structurally simple: On "St. Jude," Setzer shifts from his usual gas-huffin' good-time wail into a subdued, hymnlike assessment of the need for faith in modern times. Yes, Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy requires more effort than the usual Brian Setzer release, but listeners willing to hang on tight will be rewarded with a thrilling ride.
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Brian Setzer has done it again! He never ceases to amaze me with his amazing singing and guitar playing. I love the fact that Brian is not afraid to venture into other syles of music such as country and a little bit of the blues mixed in for good measure. Hearing Brian play the Banjo is always a treat! All the songs really kick some serious A@# ! Smoking & Burning and Wild Wind are my favorites. One correction to the above review that Brian stopped playing with the Orchestra. As I write this, the Brian Setzer Orchestra is on a short tour of Japan! Long live Brian and the BSO and what ever else Brian chooses to do. ROCKABILLY ROSS (aka: Ross H. Tipps)