Review from JUMPING 6 TO 6
Hello Baby - Boogie Woogie Country Girl - Mercy - The
Walk of Shame - Going Steady - The Right String but the Wrong Yo-Yo
- Got My Mojo Working - Rocket Sixty-Nine - Sweet Boy - Whipper Snapper
- Hello Baby - Baby, Baby (Don't Be Mean)
The sound of the Donettes has changed a little bit on this album (their
third). You can hear the influence of the Black Crabs (the other band
Kirsten, Tom and Jonathan play with) to bring their traditional rockabilly
into more "modern" fields as shown on the opening tracks :
two wild pieces of rockabilly with mean guitar. Then, it's time for
a break in the pace with the fine "Walk Of Shame" with nice
backing vocals provided by The Horton Brothers. "Going Steady",
is a honky tonk from the Faron Young’s catalog with guest player Jeff
Bottomley on pedal steel guitar. "Right String (but the wrong Yo-Yo)"
is another rockin' tune with Kirsten, Johnny and Tom taking a chorus
each and Rebecca proves, once again, she can yodel with ease. The next
song is the occasion to change the mood once again, giving a superb
rendition of Muddy Waters' Got My Mojo Working with Hammond organ by
Ian Mc Lagan ( from The Small Faces). Another link to The Small Faces
is the Todd Rhodes-Connie Allen's risqueblues "Rocket 69",
also covered by Ronnie Lane, but their version while staying true to
the original brings some nice jazz chords into the mix. Back to rockabilly
with "Sweet Boy" penned by lead singer Rebecca Kemberling.
"Whipper Snapper" and "Hello Baby" are two slow/mid
tempos where the skills of guitar player Jonathan shines throughout.
The album ends like it starts with the rocking "Baby Baby (Don't
be mean)". It's available at www.thedonettes.com and while you’re
there, buy the other two : they're both great.
Fred "Virgil" Turgis