Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Review -- THE TWISTERS -- Come Out Swingin

COME OUT SWINGIN
The Twisters
NorthernBlues Music
9-out-of-10
The Twisters release of Come Out Swingin marks the fourth disk for this Canadian blues band.
As you might expect from the title, this is a CD which has a definite swing influence, something you hear from the opening I’ll Make It Up To You.
The Twisters actually do a number of things here. Something's Gotta Give could have been a slow rock ‘n roll hit in the ‘50s or early ‘60s, which is a really neat sound on the CD, although there is an underlying swing beat even here.
This is not so much smoke-filled barroom blues, as it is rockin swing, jazz, rock, blues. The Twisters do a really good job of pulling varied influenced together onto a disk that still holds together in terms of flavour.
As an example, Doghouse almost has a rockabilly, country twang going on, yet it fits the tone of the CD so well it’s not out of place. Given the variety of material here, that is no small feat.
The dozen songs here take the listener on a blues ride which has some pretty big curves, although they get you back to the pure blues highway on a song such as Guess That I Was Wrong, before spinning off an another related side road.
There is almost a Jamaican beat to Take My Own Advice.
You get the feeling you’re in an old rum running Ford escaping from the revenuers. It’s a wild ride, but darn it’s a fun one too.
The CD and the band are both gaining critical acclaim. At this year’s 13th Annual Maple Blues Awards at Koerner Hall in Toronto, The Twisters are nominated in five categories: Electric Act of the Year, Recording of the Year for Come Out Swingin', Harmonica Player of the Year for David Hoerl, Keith Picot for Bass Player of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year for Brandon Isaak.
The nominations tell you alot about the band, including that the writing is strong, the individual musicians are excellent, and it all comes together with a fine CD.
Jump on this one folks. It’s one to have.
Check it out at www.twisters.ca
— CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 30, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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