Lets Do It

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Twenty previously unreleased recordings from 1969-70 (none of which duplicate the contents of other DJC archival Siren compilations). This may be the best of those DJC discs, although it's still going to be an acquired taste for many. Like a slightly demented busker at the local pub, or a prematurely aged curmudgeon, Coyne offers an interesting take on White boy blues. The lyrics are not timeworn blues cliches, but edgy, sardonic commentaries with a modern bite. Best are the tracks which just feature Coyne and his thumbneck slide guitar, "John the Baptist" being a notable highlight. Of more limited appeal, but certainly interesting for Coyne fans, are the seven spoken-word/poetry pieces, delivered with an effectively understated venom.