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Glamour Puss
Wire & Wood (Northern Blues Music)

By: Mark A. Lawrence the IV

The thick stew of Blues Glamour Puss cooks up on Wire & Wood is robust with meaty guitars and vocals spiced up with horns and keys. This sometimes-raunchy blues is infectious enough for rooms to go wild and women to swoon. "You're Rich I'm Poor" is a fun number; playful, without the impressive body of " "I Don't Know How to Win Your Love," but the sax and guitar give it a flavor that's sure to bring you a smile. Glamour Puss also brings Zydeco to this album, which is a nice little switch up. The title track is a great stripped down number with the amazing guest work of Charlie A'Court on acoustic guitar. "If You Miss Me" slows is all down to the sultry speed of lovers and booze-numbed heartache. Wire & Wood is a great album that changes up things up enough to keep things fresh and yet flows into a smooth wave of auditory enjoyment that avoids any feel of choppiness. Even their cover of Hooker's "Boom Boom" comes across with a Glamour Puss flavor and fits well behind the instrumental of "Swingin' Cin." Northern Blues has done it again putting them in a place of high standing when it comes to the purveyors of the best Blues around. Rating: A-
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