March 17, 2011

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears :: Scandalous

It's heavy, it's loud and it's funky. Black Joe Lewis and his band of Honeybears have returned with their second full-length album, Scandalous, produced again by Spoon's Jim Eno. If this is soul music, there's nothing smooth about it. Lewis just isn't a smooth guy. He attacks his music with jagged guitar riffs and a raspy throated and emotive yell of a singing voice. The songwriting here is nothing new, but with his backbone of talented Honeybears behind him at every turn, the passionate Lewis turns Scandalous into a seriously jarring record: an overwhelmingly physical force of funk and blues that will turn you loose on the dance floor until the sweat is pouring off your forehead and your muscles are begging for respite. Buy this record. Then see this man live.

Black Joe Lewis - "Black Snake" (from Scandalous)

Black Joe Lewis - "I'm Broke" (Live at Woxy Lounge)

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

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