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Monday, 28 November 2011

Record Review - Henry's Funeral Shoe

Donkey Jacket

The intriguingly named Henry’s Funeral Shoe are brothers Aled and Brennig Clifford from the Welsh valleys, although the grainy blues-charged gumbo they serve up sounds more deep South or Detroit when they’re whipping up the heat on tracks like ‘Love Is A Fever’. The White Stripes and Seasick Steve have shown how a two-man group can work if the energy and attitude is there and the brothers make a rampant racket (although joined by Van Morrison slide guitar/harmonica man John Edwards on the searing blues-strum of ‘Bottom To Top’, while Broken Vinyl Club’s Justin Beynon guests on piano).

The brothers straddle several musical styles, from Southern rock on ‘Anvil And Chains’ to late-Beatles whimsy on ‘Across The Sky’. Meanwhile ‘Dog Scratched Ear’ and ‘Gimme Back My Morphine’ [title of the year!] are the kind of screaming punk-blues assaults that must raise the roof at gigs.

Kris Needs

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