The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Songs From Lonely Avenue

Femme fatales, fast living and the blues
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If your idea of big band music is another X-Factor brat murdering ‘Mack The Knife’ then think again.

Once upon a time, if you wanted low down and swinging R‘n’B then you needed a big fat orchestra to get the party started. Brian Setzer might be a rockabilly and blues revivalist, but he plays with it total conviction. You can almost smell the Brylcreem as he takes to the microphone, with his gritty guitar work the icing on the cake. It’s dark, moody and harks back to an age when glamour was glamour.

The songs are all about femme fatales, fast living and the blues. This cat is definitely too cool for school.

7/10

Words by Jamie Hailstone

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