Various Artists

New Blues From Texas

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If New Blues From Texas were a shareholder's report, you can be sure all the stockholders would be clamoring to divest themselves, because the company is in a world of trouble. All of which is a fancy way to say: This record is bad, very bad. Nearly every track is the kind of over-driven, hard rock-influenced, guitar-abusing noise that can be heard bellowing out of bad bars and on the soundtrack of beer commercials. A not very welcome change of pace are the two zydeco tracks, which sound like the kind of generic and lifeless zydeco heard at summer festivals all over the world. One exception to the overblown blues racket: Clarence Green's "Note on the Table Blues," the only song to show an ounce of subtlety and restraint, sounding a bit like one of Buddy Guy's better moments. Do yourself a big favor and don't buy this record.

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