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The Good For Nothin' Band

Maniac World

Review by Gary Hill

There is a big roots music movement underway these days. More often than not it focuses on the country and bluegrass end of the equation. This album is all about Dixieland jazz. That's to be expected from a band hailing from New Orleans. This is a fun set that really brings things back into the past with a modern twist.


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Track by Track Review
Fishin’ for Stars

Roots music, jazz and more merge on this cool tune. It's very much an old school kind of thing. It's also very cool. It's just so much fun.

DNA
Bouncy old time jazz is the idea here, too. I like this a lot. It's very much a New Orleans kind of thing from the sound to the lyrics. I love the standup bass solo on this thing.
Falling out of Trees
Another bouncy old school jam, this one includes a drum solo. It's perhaps even more fun than the songs that preceded it were.
Maniac World
A slow moving, bluesy grind, this still has plenty of Dixieland in the mix. It's a commentary on the modern world.
Bosom of Extremes
There is no big change here, but this is just plain fun. The closing jam is totally Dixieland.
It Is What It Is
This reminds me of something the Atomic Fireballs might do. It's a killer cut. In fact, this might be my favorite piece here.
Romeo in Rags
A bit slower cut, this is another great retro cut. It includes an extended stand up bass solo that really makes the cut for me.
Lips like Candy
This time around we get some high energy stuff. The general musical territory remains the same, but this is just a bit more Dixieland like.
Snowing In New Orleans
Playful Dixieland, this isn't a big change. It's just a lot of fun.
One Last Call
This jazz piece is another fun one. It really does a great job as a closing piece, feeling final.

 

 

 
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