The Reviews Keep Pouring In
Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! is quickly becoming one of the best reviewed albums so far in 2009! Check out our ever growing list below. Click to read the entire review.
Riverfront Times "...hook-laden old-school funk..."
PopDose "...the most fitting name I can give to their music is punk soul."
Seattle Subsonic "Good Gawd Aaawmighty!"
IndieRock Reviews "The album is a listen that shouldn’t be missed by any fans of older soul, or anyone for that matter."
Baby Sue "Totally cool in every way possible."
NY Post "...one of those throwback soul ensembles powered by Memphis-style horns, bass funk, rhythm and lead guitars, a Wurlitzer organ and a soul shouter who can belt it out like a junior James Brown."
LA Times "its fierce, rich amalgam of primal blues, soul, R&B and funk feels simply incendiary."
San Francisco Bay Guardian "...this high-octane octet has the genuine know-how: gritty and greasy garage rock meets old-school Wilson Pickett/Otis Redding-style vein-popping r&b, packed into a lean and hungry thirty-minute roar."
Venuszine "When Black Joe Lewis plays live, the man brings it."
The Aquarian "With Lewis’s wild black-coffee swagger, the music sounds positively revolutionary."
Late Night Wallflower "There are some intense grooves, booming horns, some absurd rambling tunes, some guitar burners, songs about being flat-ass broke, songs about not remembering your girl’s name; what’s not to love here?"
Shakefire "...the sage voice of Sun House dropped into the current monologue of an urban setting makes for some insanely good music."
Deaf Left Ear "The group takes their brash and brazen attitude about relationships, women, and the world and injects it into a classic style."
Sonic Boomers "...the originals here tip their lid to the heyday of ‘60s rhythm & blues but never reek of retro."
PopMatters "...like a classic R&B/soul revue..."
Philadelphia Inquirer "...a soul shouter who's gotta-ta-gotta a little Otis Redding in him."
Crawdaddy "...Chicago blues gone country with a hint of Cab Calloway’s big band panache..."
Ft. Worth Star Telegram "...channels primo Stax soul..."
Ick Music "...hootin’ and hollerin, tasty retro (60’s) soul grooves..."
Subservient Experiment "...blistering vocals that would make even the Godfather himself proud..."
Boston Herald "...a band based on the hook of the Bar-Kays’ “Soul Finger” and the gangster swagger of James Brown’s “The Payback”..."
The Oklahoman "...Black Joe Lewis sings like Wilson Pickett and James Brown in a shouting match..."
Maruch "This one will most definitely be on my favorites list this year."
Houston Press "...Lewis channeled soul legends from Wilson Pickett to Baytown's own Joe Tex..."
Perfect Porridge "James Brown/Ottis Redding/Howling Wolf-influenced"
All Music "4 stars"
Buzzine "..damn right it’s explosive..."
Lunch of Champions "...the spirit of James Brown is alive and well..."