TONY JOE WHITE

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - BUD SCOPPA

Bad Mouthin’ YEp ROC 8/10 Skele­tal and darker than mid­night

Tony Joe White’s first ded­i­cated blues lP looks back on his 52-year ca­reer by par­ing things down to their essence. While his early takes on the stan­dards “Baby Please Don’t go” and “Boom Boom” howled with swampy ec­stasy, here the 75-year-old artist ex­poses their sinew, where feel lives in mus­cle mem­ory. White and his rhythm sec­tion open things up with a frisky run-through of “Bad Mouthin’”, the first song he ever wrote, but by closer “heart­break ho­tel”, which Elvis re­leased when White was 12, not a glim­mer of hope re­mains on this haunt­ing late-ca­reer con­tem­pla­tion.

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