Jaw­bone Self-re­leased Cult he­roes twist the soul­blues tem­plate.

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - henry yates

It’s a stretch to call Jaw­bone a su­per­group. But you could warm your hands off the re­spect for pi­ano man Paddy Mil­ner and slide gui­tar wiz­ard Mar­cus Bon­fanti on the Lon­don blues cir­cuit, and this, their first col­lab­o­ra­tion, is po­tent stuff.

Writ­ing eye­ball-to-eye­ball and trad­ing vo­cals through­out, the pair’s songs dream a lit­tle big­ger than 12-bar pro­to­col. Leave No Traces slips a trippy in­stru­men­tal sec­tion into its room-shak­ing R&B; When Your Gun Is Loaded re­boots Nash­ville heartache for the in­ner city; Rolling On The Un­der­ground serves up a blues­rock cho­rus so im­me­di­ate it could hook a tran­sient pop fan. The gear shift to more plain­tive fare is con­vinc­ing, too, with Bet On Yes­ter­day’s rue­ful lyric dec­o­rated by rip­pling pi­ano, and drop-dead closer The Years Used To Mean So Much aching with Mil­ner’s nos­tal­gia for his child­hood and late mother. With a record la­bel be­hind them, they could be un­stop­pable.

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