Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Review -- THE RAMBLERS -- Bad Boys of Blues

BAD BOYS OF BLUES
The Ramblers
Independent
5-out-of-10

It never hurts to start a blues CD with some harmonica work if you want to catch the ear of this reviewer. Now I recognize The Ramblers weren’t going after my ear in particular, but I loved Eric Farran’s blues harp work to open Sex Boogie, the lead cut on Bad Boys of Blues.
From the opening cut The Ramblers offer up a mix of material here.
Burn Out, the CD’s second song again had some nice harmonica work, and I might add the use of French vocals was an interesting, and unexpected twist, although the band does hail from Montreal.
Then they hit the listener with Hey Kitty Kitty. The music is good, but the vocals on this one were lacklustre at best.
Generally speaking the vocals are the weak spot here.
While all the members of The Ramblers; Cliff Stevens, Dany Spallone and David Scott MacLean, have vocal credits, most of this CD is bad.
The Country Foot Stomping Song is an example. Ouch!
When the band switches to French, as on C’est en Famile, it helps, in-part because French is a more lyrical language, and because as an English listener it’s different enough that you pay attention a bit more.
Of the English language songs, Struggle is the one that climbs a bit above mediocrity.
This CD is moderately interesting in terms of the music, a few nice harmonica breaks interspersed along the way, but the vocals simply relegate this effort to the second tier,
There are far better recordings out there.
Check it out for yourself at www.theramblers.org
— CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 4, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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