Title - 'High Times in the Dark'
Artist - The Claudettes
For those not in the know, The Claudettes fuse Windy City piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk, jazz-age echoes of burlesque and vaudeville and the sultriness of '60s pop-soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music.
Johnny Iguana (ex-Junior Wells/Otis Rush) works the piano alongside singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn and co-founder drummer Michael Caskey and together, The Claudettes probe both personal and national moods on their brand new album, High Times in the Dark (a follow up to the band's acclaimed Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium! in 2018), out April 3rd, 2020 via Forty Below Records.
1. 'Bad Babe, Losin' Touch'
3. 'I Swear to God, I Will'
4. 'Creeper Weed'
5. 'Grandkids, Wave Good-Bye'
6. 'One Special Bottle'
8. 'I Don't Do That Stuff Anymore'
9. 'Most Accidents Happen'
10. 'You Drummers Keep Breaking My Heart'
11. 'The Sun Will Fool You'
Produced by Grammy winner Ted Hutt (Violent Femmes, Old Crow Medicine Machine), this richly atmospheric album kicks off in some fine style with the silky smooth R&B soul of 'Bad Babe, Losin' Touch' which is backed by an upturn in rhythm on the piano-led beauty '24/5,' the slink and shuffle of 'I Swear to God, I Will,' and then the lo-fi punk groove of 'Creeper Weed.'
The finger-snappin' hipsway of the shameless contempt for the poor 'Grandkids, Wave Good-Bye' is most definitely another highlight on this new album and that's followed by the mid-tempo swirling bourbon blues of 'One Special Bottle.'
The funky piano backbeat to what I assume to be the lead single, 'Declined' is a sparkling gem of a musical jewel here and that's backed by the laid back, tender vibe of the duet 'I Don't Do That Stuff Anymore.'
The album then rounds out with the vintage drum and bass swing of the media-driven fear-mongering 'Most Accidents Happen,' the sweet storytelling of 'You Drummers Keep Breaking My Heart,' and then rounds out with Ulseth showcasing her wonderful vocals in a most hauntingly, almost crystalline manner on the heartbreak piano ballad 'The Sun Will Fool You.'
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