Nightporters

Feelin' Good

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This British band recorded their debut album in four days, mostly live in the studio. It's energetic bar-band R&B/rock crossover, a style that had been plumbed for decades prior to this effort, and will probably be around for as long as electric guitars are. Consisting entirely of covers, the eight-song set is not as clich├ęd in song choice as it could be, but neither is it that exotic, including the likes of "Hip Shake," "Rollin' and Tumblin'," "Love in Vain," and Little Walter's "Mellow Down Easy" and "Blue and Lonesome." Lead singer Ian Roberts' voice is neither that good nor colored with nuance -- qualities that are absolutely essential if you want to make your mark using both styles and material that have been around the block so often. As a live act, it's a fair bet they're entertaining and capable of getting the joint bopping. If you're going to listen to these songs on a CD player, though, why should you settle for something like this when so many have done this sort of music (and, often, these exact same songs) with more personality and distinction? Originally released in 1997 on their own Wang label, it was reissued in 2001 by Indigo.

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