Monday, July 29, 2013

Popa Chubby: Univeral Breakdown Blues.


Unhappy with what he sees as an uncertain era, Popa Chubby aggressively delivers the Universal Breakdown Blues ("A shakedown you can use") on this 2013 release, but the end message is one of hope. Still, it takes a lot of shouting, screaming, and intense blues rock to get there, beginning with the hard-rocking, boogie blues opener “I Don’t Want Nobody,” where Hammond organist Dave Keyes gives the funky support over which Chubby churns out the riffs. Later, there’s the title track where Chubby’s love of Hendrix-styled playing meets his socially conscious and socially disgusted lyrics, plus the shuffling breakup number “69 Dollars,” where an ex’s weekend whiskey bill is added up, but the key cut has to be the epic “Over the Rainbow,” delivered in a version that evolves so significantly, it could very well be called a “suite.” That stellar cover is a giant step forward for Chubby, and he’s not one known for his love of growth and progress, but if sneering at giving the people what they want, or doing what you do best is an issue, then this ain’t your Popa. Chubby’s fans can think of it as the album with a little more social commentary, plus the usual guts and grit, or standard issue but quite satisfying.


01. I Don't Want Nobody
02. I Ain't Giving Up
03. Universal Breakdown Blues
04. The Peoples Blues
05. Rock Me Baby
06. 69 Dollars
07. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
08. I Need A Lil' Mojo
09. Danger Man
10. Take Me Back To Amsterdam (Reefer Smokin' Man)
11. The Finger Bangin' Boogie
12. Mind Bender

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