Rooftop Singers

Walk Right In!

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The title track is a bright, sprightly reworking of the 1929 Gus Cannon original, and the rest of the album is pretty much in that vein, showing off the trio's roots in blues ("You Don't Know"), gospel ("Somebody Came Home," "Travelin' Shoes"), ragtime ("Houston Special"), jazz, and even country & western ("Cool Water"). Lynne Taylor gets one featured spot, the children's song "Ha Ha Thisaway," and Darling's banjo playing is displayed nicely on "Brandy Leave Me Alone." The album reveals the trio's strengths as well as its weaknesses. Apart from the title track, the group was probably too diverse and serious for its own good -- they weren't pop-oriented enough to hold the larger audience attracted by the single, and they lacked the confrontational political slant to keep their careers going past the first half of the decade.