Reviews: May 2006 Archives

The Hard Stuff - Billboard review


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Anyone in search of straight-ahead rock'n'roll and blues will find a robust plateful of blood-red meat and potatoes here. With a dynamic range running from frenetic to ferocious, George Thorogood does not disappoint. A dead-on mix, rightfully treating "restraint" as a dirty word, turns the title cut into arguably the most have-no-mercy rocker Thorogood has ever attacked in his 12-album, 30-year career. Even the slow blues "Little Rain" delivers a sax ride to stir the dead, and "Any Town USA" is pile-driving Thorogood at his best. Any nit-pickers complaining that he has been largely remaking the same record for three decades might as well have asked Muddy Waters why his three-chord blues only had three chords. Thankfully, Thorogood shows not the slightest inclination to reinvent the wheel, happy to keep rolling down the hard-rocking road of which he is a master.

The Hard Stuff - City Paper review


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Rampaging guitarist and vocalist George Thorogood and the Destroyers return on The Hard Stuff (Eagle) with another set of driving tunes performed with maximum energy and intensity. He can get fancy and intricate when he wishes, but Thorogood

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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