Bill Perry – Crazy Kind Of Life
A strong followup to 2001's acclaimed "Fire It Up," "Crazy Kind Of Life" further establishes Bill Perry as one of the strongest practitioners of hard-edged, urban blues rock. Bill's long time associate Richie Havens is featured on a great cover of the Rolling Stones' "No Expectations."
1. Trouble in the Shotgun - 2:50 2. Crazy Kind of Life - 5:00 3. Too Hot - 3:12 4. Honey Pie - 3:22 5. Take You Down - 3:35 6. 500 Miles - 3:42 7. Junkie - 3:01 8. Can't Buy My Love - 4:36 9. Morning Spiritual - 3:51 10. Girl's Gone Crazy - 3:40 11. No Expectations - 5:53
Bill Perry (guitar, vocals) , Richie Havens (guitar, vocals on 11) , Jimmy Vivino (guitar, organ, piano, background vocals) , Christy O'Leary (harmonica) , Jeremy Baum (organ) , David Bennett Cohen (piano) , Johnny B. Gayden (bass) , Frank Pagano (percussion) , Rob Curtis (drums)
1. AllMusic - Hal Horowitz
Joined again by shotgun-riding guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer Jimmy Vivino (who wrote or co-penned six tunes), New Yorker Bill Perry's second Blind Pig album wallows in his gruff, no-frills blues/rock. Neither Perry's throaty voice, workingman lyrics, nor guitar sound are particularly recognizable, yet he gets by on enthusiasm and fiery playing, raising the temperature on such trite concepts as "Too Hot" with his rugged, straightforward attack. Explorations into light funk ("Take You Down") and gospel ("Morning Spiritual" is the album's only instrumental) effectively break up the tough roots rocking that remains the album's core attraction. As clichéd as the sounds and sentiments of the Stevie Ray Vaughan-ish "Can't Buy My Love" or the good-natured misogyny of "Girl's Gone Crazy" are, Perry delivers them with such exuberant finesse that they click, regardless of how religiously both stay within standard guidelines of the genre. Slide excursions on the opening "Trouble in the Shotgun" and the Elmore James riffage of "500 Miles" also tread familiar territory. Only a well-intentioned but entirely out-of-place near-acoustic version of the Rolling Stones' "No Expectations" (with Perry's old employer, Richie Havens, on vocals and acoustic guitar) derails the mood on this perfectly adequate, energetic, enjoyable, but hardly essential release.
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