Burnside On Burnside - R.L. Burnside
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  • Summary: The suddenly-prolific 74-year-old Mississippi bluesman offers up a back-to-the-basics live set, recorded in Portland in January 2001 with two backing musicians.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
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  1. The album's electrifying, hypnotic songs are hard to shake.
  2. Essential Burnside, especially for beginners. [9 Nov 2001, p.110]
  3. Burnside and Co. play with a perfect recklessness, as though no one was listening.
  4. The 74-year-old singer/guitarist rocks out furiously for the better part of the set, evoking obvious predecessors such as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.
  5. Backed by 22-year-old grandson Cedric Burnside on drums and longtime slide-guitar partner Kenny Brown, the trio locks into a groove almost instinctually on tracks like "Skinny Woman" and "Goin' Down South."
  6. The likes of the gnarled, rough-edged Rollin' & Tumblin' serve as vital pieces of living history from the last of a generation. [Dec 2001, p.120]
  7. 60
    If you thought they didn't make 'em like this anymore, here's the exception that proves the rule. [Feb 2002, p.112]
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. ChrisM.
    Nov 18, 2001
    9
    As perfect a document as either a die-hard Burnside fan or a mere novice could hope for. And by Fat Possum standards, the 53 minute length is of epic proportions. Expand
  2. BenD.
    Apr 24, 2002
    8
    Absolutely fantastic - RL's best release, and a superb blues album that should, by rights, put him up there with the greats!

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