Suzie Cracks the Whip

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Last time around, way back in 2008, Blues Traveler decided to go all in on AAA pop on North Hollywood Shootout -- a move that didn't result in the group burning up the charts, but it did provide a launching pad for 2012's pop-tastic Suzie Cracks the Whip. Not quite as mellow as North Hollywood Shootout, Suzie Cracks the Whip is constructed out of songs with pointed pop hooks, riffs, and melodies that recall their mid-'90s heyday without explicitly rewriting "Run Around." Best of this batch is the urgent "Cover Me," a song powered by an organ riff that could be called garagey if it were slightly greasier, but there is a welcome lightness and a touch of bluesy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Last time around, way back in 2008, Blues Traveler decided to go all in on AAA pop on North Hollywood Shootout -- a move that didn't result in the group burning up the charts, but it did provide a launching pad for 2012's pop-tastic Suzie Cracks the Whip. Not quite as mellow as North Hollywood Shootout, Suzie Cracks the Whip is constructed out of songs with pointed pop hooks, riffs, and melodies that recall their mid-'90s heyday without explicitly rewriting "Run Around." Best of this batch is the urgent "Cover Me," a song powered by an organ riff that could be called garagey if it were slightly greasier, but there is a welcome lightness and a touch of bluesy grit to a lot of this material: "Saving Grace" grooves on a widescreen riff and "Devil in the Details" flirts with funk, as does "Things Are Looking Up." That song is derailed by a singsong chorus, a trademark flaw of Popper's that also wounds "Big City Girls," an otherwise effervescent piece of roots-pop, but such minor irritations are offset by Blues Traveler's easy touch with reggae on "All Things Are Possible" and a strong duet with Crystal Bowersox on "I Don't Wanna Go." Such mild stylistic excursions add variety on this chipper, tuneful album, but that bright melodicism is the very thing that makes Suzie Cracks the Whip the most appealing Blues Traveler album in many a moon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2012
  • Label: 429 Records
  • UPC: 795041785626
  • Catalog Number: 17856
  • Sales rank: 63,608

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blues Traveler Primary Artist
Brendan Hill Percussion, Drums
Chan Kinchla Guitar
John Popper Harp, Vocals
Ben Wilson Keyboards
Tad Kinchla Bass
Crystal Bowersox Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Barron Composer, Lyricist
Brendan Hill Composer
Jono Manson Vocal Engineer
John Popper Composer, Lyricist
Ben Wilson Composer, Lyricist
Ron Sexsmith Composer, Lyricist
Brad Blackwood Mastering
Sam Hollander Producer
Carrie Rodriguez Composer, Lyricist
Josh Edmondson Engineer
Sean Gould Producer
Tomas Costanza Producer
Tad Kinchla Composer
Aaron Beavers Composer, Lyricist
Christopher Carroll Art Direction
Chandler Kinchla Composer
Suzy Shinn Engineer
Don Molls Band Photo
Dave "Sluggo" Katz Producer
Dave "Maverick" Baker Engineer
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