Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Keb' Mo' - Just Like You (1996)

Even though this release won the 1997 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album, it definitely leans towards other genres: folk, gospel, rock, soul, pop, country. In fact, it's almost too happy to be considered blues. This is the second release from Keb' Mo' (Kevin Moore) and is quite different from his debut release which was far more traditional: Delta blues from a boy reared in LA (that's Los Angeles, not Louisiana). He took some heat from the critics for trying a different sound on his sophomore release, but I like it. If you were to put this on at a backyard BBQ, all your guests would enjoy at least one track.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #197

Tracks: I never skip any of the 13 tracks here. There's five acoustic tracks on this disc and they're all good. The most traditional Delta blues tracks are Dangerous Mood and Momma Where's My Daddy. The Robert Johnson cover (obligatory on any blues CD) is Last Fair Deal Gone Down. My favorites include That's Not Love, the acoustic song Perpetual Blues Machine, More Than One Way Home, and Standin' At The Station.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I was going through a "blues phase" around 2005 and picked this up from a used bin, not knowing anything about Keb' Mo'. Good decision.

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