Shinyribs

I Got Your Medicine

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Gourds guitarist Kevin Russell launched Shinyribs back in 2010 but like any good soul music, his side project has only deepened with age. I Got Your Medicine is the fourth album he's released under the Shinyribs moniker and it's a bit of an understated wonder. Firmly rooted in the Gulf Coast, alternating between soul and stomping swamp pop, I Got Your Medicine not only sounds right -- this is music that celebrates tradition without being beholden to it -- but the songs are smart and surprising, following conventions but celebrating the detours on a familiar path. The cover of Allen Toussaint's "A Certain Girl," arriving at the album's midpoint, reveals a lot: it's loose and funny, cherishing the groove as much as the words. The same could be said about I Got Your Medicine at large: it's funny, heartfelt, and dirty, a retro-soul album that never feels stuck in the past.

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