Ike Cosse – Cold Blooded World
1. That's the Blues - 3:29 2. Nothing You Can Do or Say - 2:40 3. Brothers Gittin' on with Others - 3:02 4. The Blues Is the Blues Is the Blues - 5:11 5. Cold Hearted World - 2:02 6. Vase of Love - 2:16 7. Come on Home - 6:58 8. Have a Good Time - 3:00 9. Bad Decision - 2:40 10. Black Cowboy - 4:04 11. Ike's Blues - 6:03 12. The Truth - 3:45
Ike Cosse (guitars, vocals, harmonica)
1. AllMusic - Kenneth Bays
Santa Monica blues artist Ike Cosse dropped his backing band for his second album for JSP. Cold Blooded World is unmistakably a portrait of one man and his outlook on the world. Where other modern practitioners of his genre often seem pressured by their record companies to buff out any idiosyncrasies, Cosse isn't afraid to come across as exactly what he is: a performer who's as natural a storyteller as he is a bluesman, using simple guitar textures and spare harmonica to support tales filled with humor, heartbreak, and wry observation. He recalls John Lee Hooker on "Brothers Gittin' on with Others," while "That's the Blues" explores the issue of gun violence over a guitar figure straightforward enough to have come from Lightnin' Hopkins or any number of early postwar legends. Novelties such as "Nothing You Can Do or Say" help keep the tone light, though even the potentially heavy numbers ("Black Cowboy," in which the singer laments the absence of his fellow African-Americans in movie Westerns) are mitigated by an observational, man-on-the-street lyrical bent. In Cosse's world, it's raw charisma and the ability to put forth quality songs that matters, not technical prowess. Granted, Cosse's material might not always follow traditional blues in structure. But in manner and mood, he's arguably more authentic than contemporary blues acts who emphasize slickness but lack a personal creative vision. Cold Blooded World, as unpretentious as a night at a juke joint, is a document of a bluesman on the rise.