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Paul Reddick + the Sidemen - Rattlebag
NorthernBlues Music
By Michael Allison
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2002-06-07
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Artist: Paul Reddick + the Sidemen (www.thesidemen.com)
Title: Rattlebag
Label: NorthernBlues Music

Hard Blues for Modern Times is how this music has been described, and I couldn't agree more. Paul Reddick and The Sidemen deliver this rootsy and raw blues like nothing I could have imagined. The music has a strong folk appeal and portrays the true essence of the blues. The down to earth soul and powerful musical vibes provide the backbone to this amazing music. The honest and raunchy blues vocals of Paul Reddick gives the album that last ingredient to make a blues cocktail that will knock any blues fan for a loop. The music has a strong live feeling to it. I'm not sure if it is a live recording, but the raw feeling and the intensity gives the music a presence that I haven't heard in a long time. If you like the blues, and I mean really like the blues, this is definitely an album that you should get a hold of. I was blown away by what I heard. The fact that the music just feels so pure and deep rooted made me take a second listen. After that, there's a whole world of beauty behind what you'll find on this album. This is definitely a keeper.

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