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THE MYSTIX

BLUE MORNING

2008-06-25

The Mystix are an East Coast based outfit that combines the funkiness of Little Feat with roots rock, jazz and the blues. Leading the charge through a cornucopia of musical delights on this disc is vocalist Jo Lily who has a gravelly, yet elastic, voice that is reminiscent of Omar Dykes (Omar & The Howlers). This disc hits high gear right away with the slide guitar drenched "Yolanda" and then wanders comfortably through Country style weepers, "Which Side of Heartache", J.J. Cale style mid-tempo rockers, "Rattled", unhurried, jazzy tales of heartache, "Without You", big Springsteen/ Seger style story pieces, "Blue Morning", tough, sinewy, funky rock, "New Orleans" and the slinky, mysterious, "Another Kind of Love". The cover of Jimmy Reed’s "I’m a Love You" adds nothing to that oft covered number but the next number, "Change in Jane", quickly redeems things with piano and a fluid guitar solo creating a cut that could have fallen off a Cat Stevens disc. Smitty

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