Black Joe Lewis
Fourth studio album from the Austin soul screamer and his band The Honeybears
Fans who have been following Black Joe Lewis' career since his 2007 debut album know he fronts a first-class soul revue with a bent toward vintage blues, soul and R&B, backed by his band The Honeybears. Lewis draws inspiration from such legendary "shouters" as Howlin' Wolf, Wilson Pickett, and James Brown, as well as smoother crooners such as Sam Cooke.
The performances on Backlash sound especially taut and emphatic, with horn players Derek Phelps (trumpet) and Joseph Woullard (baritone sax) making the most of the band's rough-and-ready grooves. Lewis and Company have doubled down on their trademark blend of '60s soul and '70s funk on Backlash, taking the raw but satisfying sound of Electric Slave and pushing it even further.
At the same time, Backlash finds Lewis adding a bit more rock 'n' roll to his mix; he and Michael Brinley have given their guitars more room in the arrangements this time out, and on the rough and rollicking "Flash Eyed," the angular strut of "Global," and the fleet-footed "Freakin' Out," the six-string work is fierce but eloquent, and a wild reminder of the days when expressive guitar slingers were common on the R&B scene, writes AllMusic.
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