The Hard Stuff - New York Post review


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May 28, 2006 -- John Lee Hooker's musical legacy - the blues boogie - remains in good hands with veteran rocker George Thorogood. On "The Hard Stuff," the shaggy growler is still bad to the bone as he leads his longtime band through a generous 15-song collection that mixes originals with choice covers.

Thorogood maintains his unassuming, underrated persona as the leader of the world's best bar band. That's not to say you'd find the man cranking music at Moe's Tavern, but his old-school guitar-bass-drums-sax attack lends itself to alcohol-fueled partying.

The album's best barroom ripper is "Anytown USA," where GT and the boys hail blue-collar rock fans who live in factory and mill towns across America. The tune has bounce without exposing a soft pop underbelly.

Of the album's covers, the Hooker classic "Huckle Up Baby" is a great down 'n' dirty boogie with Thorogood turning in some masterful slide guitar. The band hits its stride, combining barrelhouse roll and raw rock, on the Fats Domino standard "Hello Josephine."

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