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Let me state at the outset that I love Dave Alvin and have seen him numerous times with his band The Guilty Men. I have never seen anything but a great show and one of the main reasons for this is that the band rocks. It's tight and spontaneous at the same time. And of course, Alvin is an outstanding guitarist and song writer.
But this CD, DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY WOMEN, is the worst by Dave I've ever heard. This Alvin CD feels to me like dreary folk-fest by a collection of young (I guess) and disconcertingly earnest women. I like female singers a lot, but I prefer that they have a little soul, be it R&B, country, whatever. Lee Ann Womack, for example, or Patty Loveless are singers who have the cojones to work well with Alvin. But as the women he has with him on DA&TGW do not, the CD consists of non-descript and uninteresting songs which fit their styles.
There is one absolutely great song, "Boss of the Blues", on the CD. This song would be right at home on any other Alvin CD. "Marie Marie", one of Alvin's older songs is fine, though somewhat uninspired. And one of the Guilty Women's songs, "Potter's Field" is pleasant enough.
On the other end of the spectrum, "Don't Make Promises" is not only enervating at best, but it's close to 7 minutes long, and about 2/3 of the way through it, though I had stopped actively listening to it a while back, I became aware of it as an irritating background drone. Slightly better, due at least in part to the fact that they're shorter, are "River Under the Road", "These Times We're Living In", and "Weight of the World". It's not that the songs are unpleasant, but that they're boring.
And the CD slinks on out with an unnecessary Alvin version, for whatever reason, of "Que Sera Sera".
Mine is clearly a minority opinion here, but I've listened to the CD four times now in the hopes that I might grow to like it, but it ain't gonna happen. In my opinion, DA&TGW is pretty much a waste of time, and I rate it two stars only because of "Boss of the Blues" which is the only song on here I'll listen to again, and because it's Dave Alvin.
What follows is an addition to the above CD review:
I went to a concert by Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women on August 22, 2009, at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room in St. Louis, and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen anywhere.
The Guilty Women flat out rip it up. You will not find a more burning band anywhere and I have to say they were as good as The Guilty Men, and that's damn good.
Even "Que Sera, Sera" was terrific, as Dave played it as a Chuck Berry number.
I still feel the same way about the CD, but the women playing with him have soul to spare, and anyone who likes Dave Alvin or just great rock and roll should see their show if you can.