Toasty Taranna #5: BMV #5: 3-For-$10 Bin #1: Steven Seagal & Thunderbox – Mojo Priest
All deference to Seagal’s fans, you know, but I went into this quite prepared for it to be hilarious and bad. I mean, what is a martial arts action film actor doing making a blues record? Sure, there’s precedent in, like, Johnny Depp or something but, generally, actor albums are terrible. And with song titles like Alligator Ass (which was the first single, believe it or not), Talk To My Ass, and She Dat Pretty, I sure wondered what was up… Besides, Seagal has become quite the interesting dude of late, with his new special envoy to the U.S. with Russia…
Anyway, this 2006 record isn’t all that terrible. The tunes are executed with enough appreciation of the form to be listenable, and there’s enough New Orleans flavour to a lot of the tracks here that it wouldn’t sound out of place in a roadside bar somewhere on a highway headed deep south. Seagal’s vocals are slightly raspy and delivered with enough conviction to be somewhat believable, and the guitar solos aren’t so bad, all things considered. There are a few covers of old standards, like Dust My Broom, Hoochie Koochie Man and Red Rooster here, too.
So, in sum? A bit of a surprise that it was as okay as it was. Not sure I’d play it in rotation with the old tried and trues of the blues, but it’s a helluva lot better than I could do.
Hit It Or Quit It? Quit – I’m sending it to J.!