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Little Feat

Kickin' It At The Barn

Review by Gary Hill

Little Feat is one of those bands with a loyal following, much like the Dead, Phish and Jimmy Buffett. I am sure that that group of people waits with bated breath for each new release from the band. Well, this latest release from the perennial underrated classic rockers should appeal to more than just that crowd. Indeed, if you like your rock with a bit of a southern edge, or if you like a Latin sound, or just solid song-craft with great jamming, then this disc is for you. It packs a lot of flavors into one album. That means that most likely not every song will be your cup of tea, but a lot probably will. The disc has to get major points for such clever song titles as "Why Don't It Look The Way That It Talk" and "I Do What The Telephone Tells Me To Do". I have never been a big fan of Little Feat, but this disc is definitely a treat.

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Track by Track Review
Night on the Town
This is a killer country tinged rocker in the classic Little Feat tradition. It goes into a fun jam.
Heaven For Saken
A slower number, this one feels just a little too much like the previous track. Still the chorus is quite strong.
I'd Be Lyin'
If the first couple tracks had some country leanings, the intro to this one has them crawling all over it. The female vocals and killer Hammond organ sound really make this one a standout cut. It gets quite funky later. As it carries on the mode is more soulful and bluesy. It features some strong instrumental work on the outro.
Corazones Y Sambras
This is a pretty standard Latino cut, lots of the vocals in Spanish and all. The title means "heart and shadows".
Walking As Two
Keys start this smoking bluesy rocker. The cut is incredibly tasty and another definite standout.
In A Town Like This
This fast paced country leaning rocker has some awesome guitar soloing.
Fighting the Mosquito Wars
A slow paced, bluesy cut, this one feels a bit like both Randy Newman and Paul Simon. It breaks into an Eastern-tinged jam later, then returns to the earlier modes to carry on.
Stomp
This comes in fast paced with a Latin/Caribbean texture. It feels quite a bit like something Santana might do in places. This is a great instrumental with some wonderful musical interplay.
Why Don't It Look The Way That It Talk
This is a solid groove that is quite entertaining. It gets very jazzy later in the piece.
I Do What The Telephone Tells Me To Do
This is a killer retro sounding bluesy rocker. It has some wonderful sound texture and launches into a proggy jam.
Bill's River Blues
This is a down home, mellow bluesy jam.
 
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