Rocksteady

Rocksteady

by Big Head Todd & the Monsters
     
 

Don't be threatened by the cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning" on Rocksteady: Big Head Todd & the Monsters have not abandoned their laid-back roots rock and gone all dirty blues, they're continuing to take things nice and easy. To put too fine a point on it, their rock remainsSee more details below

Overview

Don't be threatened by the cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning" on Rocksteady: Big Head Todd & the Monsters have not abandoned their laid-back roots rock and gone all dirty blues, they're continuing to take things nice and easy. To put too fine a point on it, their rock remains steady, offering few surprises, but their light touch is often ingratiating. Sure, when they stretch they can stumble slightly -- it's unclear what the intent of "Muhammad Ali" is, the reggae-influenced numbers smack too much of a dorm room singalong, and every once and a while a ballad drags -- but they have a way with rootsy midtempo pop, like the sweet "Beautiful," they're served well by the soulful horn of "I Hate It When You're Gone," they do an admirable, pleading version of "Beast of Burden" and, yes, the dose of heavier blues on "Smokestack Lightning" serves them well enough to suggest that they should let a little more grit into their smooth surroundings next time around.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2010
Label:
Big Records
UPC:
0730061001325
catalogNumber:
10013
Rank:
13476

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Head Todd & the Monsters   Primary Artist
Hazel Miller   Background Vocals
Todd Park Mohr   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Brian Nevin   Drums,Group Member
Rob Squires   Bass,Group Member
Jeremy Lawton   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Leah Lynch   Background Vocals
William Lynch   Background Vocals
Glenn Esparza   Guitar (Nylon String)
Gary Mayne   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Eric Schneider   Trumpet
Gabe Mervine   Trumpet
Kurt Moorehead   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tom Russell   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Big Head Todd & the Monsters   Producer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Keith Richards   Composer
Todd Park Mohr   Composer,Engineer
C. Taylor Crothers   Band Photo
Adam Larson   Art Direction
Jeremy Lawton   Producer,Engineer
Trevor Price   Web Design
J.P. Manza   Engineer
Chester Burnett   Composer
Dave Feirn   Guitar Techician

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