Jo-El Sonnier

Here to Stay

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A patchy but entertaining effort by the white roots Cajun accordion virtuoso, veering--as has been his wont since the '80s--more toward straight country and country-rock. It's heavy on covers, which is not always advisable; Sonnier is quite comfortable with Hank Williams ("Jambalaya,"), and Chuck Berry ("You Never Can Tell"), but considerably less so with "A Whiter Shade of Pale." That gaffe aside, this is one of his better albums, and when he really lets go on the accordion--as on the title track or the terrific version of the Cajun standard "La Jolie Blonde"--Sonnier is irresistable.

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