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Friday, March 20, 2009

Review: Blue Turtle Seduction - 13 Floors

Blue Turtle Seduction - 13 Floors
2008, azugasrecords

Party bands were originally an organic outgrowth of family get-togethers. In the days before television or radio, a family get together would usually bring in a few instruments, and the "band" would be filled out by various attendees picking up anything that might make a musical noise and chiming in. This guaranteed that the sound was always different, always changing, and accounts for many bits of inspiration that led to the diverse musical styles played around the world today. True party bands don't happen much anymore, unless you happen upon a kitchen party up in Newfoundland or some other such place, but Blue Turtle Seduction has captured the dynamic perfectly on their album 13 Floors. Based in South Lake Tahoe, California, Blue Turtle Seduction mixes Rock, Bluegrass, Hip-Hop and Reggae in a blend that is nearly beyond description. Infused with lively melodies and intelligent, socially conscious lyrics, Blue Turtle Seduction's music comes alive on CD.

Blue Turtle Seduction is like the weather here in Buffalo, NY, if you don't like what they're playing wait five minutes, it will change. 13 Floors opens with the Punk acoustic rock anthem What's My Name? You can slam dance with the violin until they transition into the aptly named Antidote, which uses Brian Wilson-era Beach Boys style harmonies to bring you back to earth. Perfect Gentleman made me think of Blues Traveler playing Ska music, whereas Haley sounds a bit like Tom Waits in a baroque musical arrangement. My personal favorite here is El Camino, with its Punk Rock verse, Country/Americana chorus and a Celtic/Gypsy blended style of fiddle playing that words just can't do justice to. Also noteworthy is the energetic and driven Foot By Foot, White Flags and the 13-minute musical odyssey known as Roses And Big Belt Buckle.

Blue Turtle Seduction are a true original. If there is anyone out there that sounds quite like Blue Turtle Seduction I've yet to hear of them. This is an eminently listenable disc. There's a real party vibe running through the album with only a couple of slow moments. It may be a bit of an acquired taste, but Blue Turtle Seduction's 13 Floors is a taste worth acquiring. This leaves us looking forward to what they might do next.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Blue Turtle Seduction at or, where you can purchase a copy of 13 Floors.

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