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Rhythm’n’booze from Mr Bloater and co

Matt Cow­ley re­turns with the Brit r’n’b out­fit, back­ing Sur­rey-born Bloater on another al­bum of good-time rock’n’roll. Cow­ley’s straight ahead rhythms and well-placed snare fills keep the party go­ing on ‘Pills’ and while on ‘Fri­day Night’s Al­right For Drink­ing’ he plays a groove so dirty you could write your name in it. ‘The Satur­day Night Des­per­a­tion Shuf­fle’ has more than a lit­tle glam-rock groove go­ing on, but mostly it’s his heroes Levon Helm and Earl Palmer who in­form Cow­ley’s fan­tas­tic play­ing here. A neat tom in­tro leads into a sweet shuf­fle on ‘Mouse Or­gan’, here and else­where on the al­bum echoes ofThe Band are hard to miss. Bloater’s gruff voice is fan­tas­tic and when Cow­ley lays back into a cross-stick and tom groove for ‘She Didn’t Buy A Ticket’, we’re headed to the world’s best pub where The Lim­its are the house band. (CBu) Down­load: ‘SheDidn’tBuyATicket’ Goto: www.big­boy­

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