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The Flaming Mudcats - Album Review: Cut Loose

09 Nov 2018 // A review by Jacquie Walters

The Flaming Mudcats' Cut Loose celebrates the band's tenth anniversary in fine style. This is a solid, rocking blues album from a well-established and well-loved kiwi act. The album's 12 tracks showcase the vocal and songwriting talents of Craig Bracken with the material tightly and cleanly delivered by the band's four core members joined by guest artists.

Songs canvas familiar topics such as unrequited love and women misplacing their affections, while also giving the nod to hardworking regular people trying to make a living to support their families and struggling to pay their bills.

The album's clean, crisp production serves the material well. I particularly enjoyed Craig Bracken's harmonica playing and the lead guitar on tracks such as Moving to the Country and Show Me Some Love.

The album's cover tracks were tastefully executed. The band's cover of J West's Rooster Blues was really enjoyable, but it was their utterly gorgeous version of Sneakin Around by JM Robinson featuring Louis Bernstone on keyboard and Doug Bygrave on guitar that was the stand out track for me.

All in all, Cut Loose is a well-executed and fun album from a band that's made a well-deserved name for itself as a live act. The live vibe was evident throughout this album and I could well imagine the band bringing the house down with this material. A high calibre outing.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About The Flaming Mudcats

The Flaming Mudcats are a band that swings, shuffles and gets low-down in their devotion to the sounds of the Blues, R&B and Rock 'n’ Roll and anyone who argues that good blues is getting hard to find has never heard of this band... chances are you couldn't find a tighter good time band.

This four piece band swings, playing great grooves fused with burning harp and smoking guitar; this is no-frills party music.

A firm favourite in Auckland’s Blues scene, this band is well versed on what it takes to please a crowd exhibiting levels of professionalism and musicianship that makes it easy to become a dedicated fan.

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Releases

Cut Loose
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Mistress
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Gave You What You Wanted
Year: 2011
Type: Album

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