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Brian Setzer (from the album The Devil Always Collects available on Surfdog Records) (by Brian Rock)
Rock’n’Roll legend Brian Setzer once again proves he always delivers on his new album, The Devil Always Collects. Putting together a pair of cover songs, a couple of Blues inspired rhythms, and a heaping pile of his trademark Rockabilly guitar licks; Brian Setzer combines these elements with a harder edged, Reverend Horton Heat, Psychobilly energy to create a mix that’s devilishly good.
“Rock Boys Rock” starts the set with rapid fire drumbeats that instantly summon your feet to the nearest dance floor. Singing about his girl, Setzer brags, ‘my baby rolled into town and shook the joint upside down; turning every head around’. As she makes her way to the front of the crowd, she calls out a cheerleader style chant encouraging Setzer to, “’plug it in the box and show me what you got’. He happily obliges with the kind of blistering guitar solo that has made him a legend across all genres. Like the best of his earlier work, the song is fast, flirty, and fun.
“What’ll It Be Baby Doll?”, “A Dude’ll Do (What a Dude’ll Do)”, and “Psycho Suzie”, all showcase Setzer’s mastery of his beloved Rockabilly style. His faithful cover of Rockpile’s “Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)” is a loving tribute to his musical mentor Dave Edmunds. “Girl on the Billboard” adds a raucous, Psychobilly twist to the Del Reeves Country trucker anthem. He adds that same energy to the title track, “The Devil Always Collects”. A haunting tale about trying to take the easy way to success; Setzer cautions, ‘once you shake his hand, and your deal is made; he’ll give you what you desire, but then the man must be paid’. With a spooky, background chorus, the song has the feel of an amped up “Ghost Radio”.
Slowing gears a bit but exploring a similar theme on “The Living Dead”, Brian Setzer examines a life without love. A swampy, Bluesy rhythm creates an atmosphere of mystique as cascading piano plays like lonely skeletons shaking their bones on some secluded, moonlit dance floor. “One Particular Chick” recalls the sultry Jazz/Rock fusion of Bobby Darin and Peggy Lee. “She’s Got A Lotta… Soul!” captures the Bluesy feel of the “Peter Gunn Theme” before giving way to Setzer’s dynamic guitar virtuosity. From Blues to Jazz to Rock’n’Roll, The Devil Always Collects spotlights Setzer’s ability to create highly energetic, highly danceable Rock’n’Roll. (by Brian Rock)
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