Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

LIL' CLIFF & THE CLIFFHANGERS

THE LOVIN' KIND

2012-07-30

Hailing from New York and winning a top ten place in the 2006 International Blues Talent Competition in Memphis, Lil' Cliff & the Cliffhangers excel in the rollicking sound of Jump Blues and old school R& B. This four piece outfit is fronted by Lil' Cliff Bernard on vocals and harmonica. With a big booming voice and a twinkle in his eyes, Bernard works his way through the 15 tracks with an infectious zeal that pulls you into the fun. While upbeat fare such as the title cut with its call and response chorus, George Smith's harmonica driven "Oopin' Doopin' Doopin'", Willie Dixon's "Twenty-Nine Ways (To My Baby's Door)", Little Walter's "Up The Line" and the party ready "Down In Louisiana", make up much of the disc, the band also gets into a lowdown blues groove on "Heaven Can Wait", George Smith's "Rockin'" and Doc Pomus' "Lonely Avenue", and even lays down a Robert Gordon style countrified lament, "Ace Don't Ace Me Out", and a jug band style ode to a "Creole Belle". Adding some spice to the mix is the sly, slinky Leiber & Stoller classic, "Three Cool Cats", the double entendre' gem "Spank That Monkey", which features a percussion driven beat and monkey howls over Cliff's incessant harmonica and guitarist Dennis Phelps' wild guitar, and the innocent sounding beach tune "Queen For a Day" which has more saucy nighttime than innocent daylight built into the schedule. Fun from beginning to end. Smitty

More reviews tagged #Blues

  • reviewed 10/2008

    CEDRIC BURNSIDE AND LIGHTNIN’ MALCOLM -
    2 MAN WRECKING CREW

  • reviewed 04/2017

    Jim Gustin & Truth Jones
    Memphis

  • reviewed 02/2011

    KELLEY HUNT
    GRAVITY LOVES YOU

  • reviewed 10/2007

    ROBERT LIGHTHOUSE
    Deep Down in the Mud

  • reviewed 06/2012

    CHRIS WATSON BAND
    Pleasure and Pain

  • reviewed 12/1969

    JIMMY THACKERY AND THE DRIVERS
    Inside Tracks

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.