Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Hard traveling and prolific JJ Grey and his horn-embellished band have been serving up a mix of Southern soul, New Orleans funk and swamp rock for such a long time now you'd think they might have made a global impact.
When Grey gets into ballad mode -- as he does here beautifully on Somebody Else, Tame a Wild One and the title track -- he can melt hearts. And there's no doubt the upbeat or funky material where the horns start stabbing -- 99 Shades of Crazy and Florabama here -- must get dancers onto the floor.
It's an impressive double punch combination, but here too are Your Lady She's Shady which is an off-putting opener ("but you're the one running round town like a dog in heat") and sounds designed to appeal to Southern gals who'll whoop and holler at the sentiment while tossing back JD chasers.
The album-filler Harp and Drums perhaps works better in the same bar than it does on record.
A patchy one . . . but when he draws a line between his heart and yours he'll hit you dead centre.
For previous albums by JJ Grey and Mofro at Elsewhere -- including a Best of Elsewhere selection -- see here.