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By Ben Cox
South Side Cindy & the Slip-Tones is a progressive blues
band in the vein of Ana Popovic and Kenny Wayne Shepherd among others of this
new blues world.
Single-handedly, bands like this have revived the riff rock
and the classic blues-influenced guitar sounds of the 60s and 70s rock scene
here in the States.
Cindy Youngren and her band kick you right in the face with
the vocals and guitars on the first three tracks, wailing away like Janis Joplin
or her reincarnate on the opening two tracks. Then, she comes right back and
sucker-punches you with one of the few close-to-blues tracks “Milkman” on track
3, giving a smoldering vocal along with the in-the-pocket musicianship of this
really tight band.
The next real hint at blues comes with “Out of Memphis”
with the vocals being handled by back-up singer Wendy Gossett. Gossett gives the
rollicking piano justice as you can feel yourself start to boogie woogie right
Youngren again helms the mast after that point, with some
tracks that kind of run together with the rest. However, track 7 “I’ll See You
Again” reaches down to some great southern gospel, and demonstrates some of the
most heartfelt writing on the entire disc. Youngren and the band wrote all track
on this disc, and in that respect, deserve great credit. The Slip-tones are just
oozing with talent, but this effort doesn’t overly demonstrate their blues
roots. For a rock crowd, they would be fantastic, especially in the veins of
Janis Joplin, Ana Popovic or Joanna Connor, among others. Though deeply
progressive blues, this band has some great horizons in store for it when it
finds its true identity amongst many of the blues rock bands of today.You can
purchase the CD at CD Baby or BandVillage.com.
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