Vavoom! - Brian Setzer Orchestra
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
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  1. An energetic and ambitious collection-
  2. This is true hepcat music -- shaken rockabilly, stirred swing, chilled Big Band and it's finger-snappin' upbeat all the way through.
  3. 70
    Bringing some rock into swing is clearly Setzer's forte, and he blurs the lines between swing, rockabilly, and surf with ease.
  4. [Setzer] reaches back to actual swing classics like "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and "In the Mood," as well as to vocal and jazzesque chestnuts like "Caravan" and "Mack the Knife." Foolishly, he has updated these with ungainly frills like hip-hop passages and dim-bulb lyrics.... other energetic fare works better...
  5. 50
    On one hand, Vavoom! has the same can't-sit-still energy and brilliant musicianship of the 17-piece orchestra's previous efforts... But it sometimes seems as if Vavoom! goes a little too far in its attempt to sound experimental and break new ground in updated big band music.
  6. Despite his always dead-on guitar playing and decent set of pipes, Setzer pens original material that tends toward repetition. Couple that with a rather pedestrian "Mack The Knife"... and "Vavoom!" comes across as listenable, but ultimately forgettable
  7. The results are unfortunately as atrocious as they are blasphemous, setting a tone that keeps Vavoom! mostly falling flat on its straining-to-jump-jive-an'-wail face.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. ButchS
    Oct 5, 2002
    9
    While not a carbon copy of 1998's "The Dirty Boogie", I really don't think it was meant to be. It has somewhat of a harder edge in some places. Overall, if you're first BSO CD was "The Dirty Boogie", then this should be your second. I found it full of energy. It's just great stuff. Expand

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