Seth Yacovone


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The third album is crucial for any band. A weak second release can be attributed to a sophomore slump, but the third one is usually "make it or break it." Following this logic, Dannemora signals a huge thumbs up and a big old green light for the Seth Yacovone Band. It's considerably less bluesy than the first two albums, Bobfred's Bathtub Minstrel and Yessir! Dannemora is a thoroughly enjoyable and infectious recording. Just 20 years old when it was made, Yacovone lets loose with slightly hoarse-sounding yet piercing, in-your-face vocals. His guitar playing is direct and ranges from a little biting Albert Collins tone (as on "Purfukt Roll Model"), a little Hendrix (as on the 14-minute "Mold II"), and even a little of the psychedelic bluesy power trio feel of Cream (as on the somewhat distorted upward runs that accompany the chorus on the title track). Luke Boggess contributes a killer harp delivery to five tracks, nailing the high notes at a breakneck pace like Blues Traveler's John Popper on "Keep on Trying." If other comparisons are to be made, the band jams, grooves, and gels not unlike Aquarium Rescue Unit in their heyday. They display the sheer force of a Gov't Mule, yet not as dark and certainly more danceable. In general, however, they have forged their own sound, and what shines the brightest here is Yacovone's songwriting. The tunes are catchy, the song structures keep you on your toes, and the clever lyrics are curiously unpredictable and intriguing. The best part of it all is that this young man doesn't even seem to realize how DEEP he is. The package is capped off with a lighthearted country-folk romp called "Back in the Store" that features some perfectly executed acoustic slide. This is one you can play over and over and never tire of. Bravissimo!

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