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Friday, June 20, 2008

CD Review: James Brown Car Alarm - The Roots

James Brown Car Alarm - The Roots
2008, James Brown Car Alarm

If you are a fan of blues-inflected guitar rock, you may have just found nirvana. And if you're a fan of reggae flavored rock with your blues, then you're home. James Brown Car Alarm come at you out of Muncie, IN with The Roots; an album full of rock, blues, reggae and jam elements. The party starts now.

Flow Song is one of my favorites, perhaps the most straightforward rocker on The Roots. Say All You Want and The Roots are tasty little numbers that won't let you go once you've heard them. I could easily here Robert Plant stepping in on Say All You Want back in his Led Zeppelin hey day. Kaleidoscope and Goodnight, Miss Mitchell are also not to be missed.

The guitar work is outstanding, and the rhythm section is as tight as they come. The real pleasure here is the vocals of Juice Bronnenberg, who brings a Margo Timmons-like reserve (Cowboy Junkies) to some wonderful blues/rock songs. James Brown Car Alarm is too talented to stay small. Check them out before they get too popular to be hip.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about James Brown Car Alarm at You can purchase a copy of The Roots through a link on their website.

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