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Scandalous by Black Joe Lewis
Released: Mar 2011
Label: Lost Highway Records
On their sophomore effort, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears tighten up the grooves and go raw, creating a seamless foundation of classic soul and gritty Detroit garage rock. Their sound is neither trendy nor retro, and yet it is both: While "Livin' in the Jungle" borrows heavily from James Brown, it's also not far removed from Cee-Lo's mega-smash "F You." Then there's "Booty City," a crazed, amped-up boogie rock number whose scorching, fist-pumping chorus hits a sweet spot when the group shouts, "Right on everybody, won't you take me to Booty City."
Linda Ryan