Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones Featuring Monster Mike Welch

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Sugar Ray Norcia has a burnished and warm quality to his voice that's ideally suited to the laid-back and rockin' blues featured on Sugar Ray & the Bluetones Featuring Monster Mike Welch. In fact, the whole band sounds steeped in Hennessy and tradition. This includes guest Welch, whose work on his mid-tempo original "Get Over Me" proves how close he is to matching the quality of B.B. King and Jimmie Vaughan. As a whole, the album is a tasty affair moving deftly from interesting standards such as the Norcia harmonica-driven "And the Angels Sing" to the torrid balladry of "Love and Trouble." This is easily one of Sugar Ray's best efforts.

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