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Andre Williams and the Goldstars

Nightclub

(Pravda; US: 15 Nov 2011; UK: Import)

Garage rockers, meet your spiritual ancestor

Andre Williams is a rock and roll survivor, a musician whose credits stretch back to the 1950s, a former session playerb with Ike and Tina Turner who reinvigorated his career with a string of late ‘90s garage rock albums like Red Dirt and Silky (which contains the classic “Only Black Man in South Dakota”). Here he teams up with garage-rock stalwarts the Goldstars, whose raunchy, scuffed-guitars-and-farfisa sound is a natural fit for his off-the-cuff, too-old-to-give-a-damn lyrics. At 80 years old, Williams has little left to prove, so if the guy wants to sing about women—as he does, one way or another, on every track here—I’m sure not going to tell him no. The band is in good form as well, swaying and jaunting along with Williams and only taking the spotlight when there is room for it. It’s all good fun, but why only five songs? The EP format is frustrating, and 17 minutes isn’t nearly enough. If this is meant as a feeling-out exercise, then hey, consider me felt. Another dozen songs would be more than welcome, please.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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