Album Reviews

Jane Lee Hooker

No B!

Artist:     Jane Lee Hooker

Album:     No B!

Label:     Ruf Records

Release Date:     04/15/2016

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This is real bad-ass stuff. Post-punk, punk-rock with shimmering attitude from a five-piece, all woman Brooklyn outfit with enormous edgy energy and a blistering delivery of eleven tracks, including some old standard blues-fare from the archives of Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Albert King. But if you think you’re in for a comfortable, feet-on-the-table bluesy ride, then think again.

No B! is jam-packed with ballsy takes on blues and rock-blues music that thunders along full-tilt with screaming, hi-revving power from start to finish. This is beer-drinking, belly-clenching music guaranteed to keep you awake to the very last drop. That said, it is unlikely to appeal to lovers of more subtle, vary-paced blues or soulful understated delivery. The blues police might even dislike it.

Jane Lee Hooker is a band that blues purists are highly unlikely to approve of let alone enjoy but the sheer wild, hi-flying nature of this release might just make up for a fair bit of uncertainty and if you’re prepared to be shocked, rattled and rolled, No B! might well just  provide a much needed, unexpected  shot in the arm and surprise you.

– Iain Patience

 

 

 

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