Suzie Cracks the Whip

Suzie Cracks the Whip

by Blues Traveler
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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:
06/26/2012
Label:
429 Records
UPC:
0795041785626
catalogNumber:
17856
Rank:
187431

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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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