As retro fare grows older, the Electric Rag Band's '30s and '40s-style rags could position them for greater success. However, the album composition suffers from a lack of rhythmic variation. Pat Cook's vocals seem forced and unnaturally shaped into a hoarse exhortation. Cook sings all the tunes and chugs that guitar. A little more experimentation from him could develop a winner. The 14 covers here, ranging from 1926 to 1938, are from artists like Blind Blake, Pink Anderson and Kokomo Arnold. The Electric Rag Band definitely knows where the good stuff is; they just need some electricity in their delivery, not just in their instruments.
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