United States

United States

by Ian McLagan & the Bump Band
     
 

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Some people do the same thing for years and dig themselves into a rut, and then there's folks like Ian McLagan who know their craft and keep getting solid mileage out of it year after year. McLagan has been playing tough but smooth, soul-satisfying R&B keyboards for close to 50 years, and he's as good at it as he's ever been; if you're looking for a good groove,

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Some people do the same thing for years and dig themselves into a rut, and then there's folks like Ian McLagan who know their craft and keep getting solid mileage out of it year after year. McLagan has been playing tough but smooth, soul-satisfying R&B keyboards for close to 50 years, and he's as good at it as he's ever been; if you're looking for a good groove, McLagan's a man who can reliably deliver it, and that's what he does on his 2014 solo effort United States. Backed by his longtime partners the Bump Band -- Scrappy Jud Newcomb on guitars, Jon Notarthomas on bass, and Conrad Choucroun on drums -- McLagan doesn't draw a lot of sweat on United States, but the touch he and his band bring to these songs is superb, delivering an effortlessly pleasurable blues shuffle on "How Blue," cutting some moody funk that suggests a slowed-down version of the Faces on "All I Wanna Do," laying out some graceful midtempo rock as Ian contemplates a failing relationship on "Don't Say Nothing," or offering a sweet and generous lament on "Mean Old World." McLagan is a better instrumentalist than a singer (and his skills on the organ and piano remain subtly top-notch), but on United States, time has given his voice just enough grit that it matches the hard-won lessons of his lyrics, and he sounds honest, soulful, and indomitable on these sessions. Ian McLagan is a lifer in the best sense of the word -- this music is his life, and he's probably going to keep doing it as long as he draws breath -- and he's good enough at what he does to keep a real spark in his music a few decades after he first joined the Small Faces. McLagan's easy but powerful groove makes United States another satisfying episode in the life and career of a true rock & roll believer.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2014
Label:
Yep Roc Records
UPC:
0634457238824
catalogNumber:
2388
Rank:
93953

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Performance Credits

Ian McLagan & the Bump Band   Primary Artist
Ian McLagan   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member,Hammond B3
Jud Newcomb   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Jon Notarthomas   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Conrad Choucroun   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Leigh Mahoney   Violin

Technical Credits

Ian McLagan   Composer,Director,Producer,Cover Art
Stephen Barber   String Arrangements
Jud Newcomb   Composer
Bump Band   Arranger
Darwin Smith   Engineer

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