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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Austin soul/funk band was produced by Stuart Sikes.
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  1. Feb 9, 2017
    78
    It's as unsettling as it is unpolished, but Backlash compels as much as anything this crew's put out.
  2. 70
    There isn’t much new here, and if you’ve heard earlier Lewis releases, you’ve pretty much heard this one already. But there aren’t many acts out there throwing down with this kind of high-energy trashy intensity.
  3. Feb 9, 2017
    70
    Fans who have been following Black Joe Lewis' career since his 2007 debut album will find a lot of what they like on Backlash. But there's also enough that's fresh, tough, and challenging to remind listeners that Lewis is still moving forward, putting a modern-day perspective on the tropes of classic soul and R&B.
  4. Feb 10, 2017
    70
    He is working towards abridging the genre, making a case for rock ‘n’ roll’s sustainability and relevance in a modern era, and while that doesn’t produce a perfect album, it is still one of merit.
  5. Feb 9, 2017
    60
    Lewis gives the briefest glimpse of a supremely raucous affair, then shunts you out of a side door, all dressed up with nowhere to go.
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