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Shiver by Too Slim & The Taildraggers
Released: Apr 2011
Label: Underworld Records
The 2011 installment by these rib-joint rockers mostly sounds best when they sound like ZZ Top: in opener "Stoned Again," about Jesus and Satan getting drunk; in "Workin'," about politicians being lazy while the rest of us labor hard; in "She Sees Ghosts," about a dog with a sixth sense. Horn charts, soul-sister backup, gospel-quartet harmonies and Hendrix riffs vary the palette elsewhere, and "Daddies Bones" is a smart fugitive murder mystery. But the big surprise is the title cut, in which Too Slim and his son Austin team up for some shrieking, funked-up, Bang Tango-style sleaze metal.
CHUCK EDDY

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