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Spin (9/99, pp.198-9) - 8 out of 10 - "...one of [the record label's] finest releases....features performances as priceless as the one on the back-cover photo, where Payton picks at his guitar, oblivious to the pairs of freshly washed boxer shorts hung out to dry behind him..."Magnet (8-9/99, p.84) - "...stands out as the most soulful of the lot - the only true R&B record in the catalog....If there's room for only a handful of blues albums in your record collection, make sure this obscure gem is one of them."Living Blues (7-8/99, p.58) - "...shows off Payton's voice at its most supple and emotionally expressive....it's good that we have this document of a blues journeyman who lived and died within the context of Mississippi's indigenous blues traditions."New Music Monthly (7/99, p.54) - "...In his voice and fretwork you can hear not just one lifetime of pain, but generations of it....this might as well be [Fat Possum] label's best release yet."Guitar Magazine (7/99, p.100) - "...For those drawn to the raw rhythms and earthy grace of other Fat Possum artists...this album is a must-hear..."27.60436

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Spin (12/00, p.226) - 6 out of 10 - "...Puts the 'joint' in 'juke joint...with raw, unruly sound and tawdry tales...Fat Possum's elderly practitioners of northern Mississippi stomp are fitting OG role models..."Entertainment Weekly (11/10/00, pp.90-1) - "...Mesmerizing juke-joint remixes..." - Rating: B-Mojo (Publisher) (3/01, p.22) - "...Both the original subject matter and the cyclical blues riffs are ideally suited, as the simplicity of the originals are largely preserved....a fresh way of reinterpreting that oft-tapped wellspring of the blues..."27.57969

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CMJ (1/11/99, p.9) - "...For pure feeling it's hard to beat Williams's overdriven guitar and his soulful, pathos filled holler. Coupled with Early's simultaneously played harp and drums redux, the effect is downright timeless..."27.1731

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JazzTimes (6/97, p.104) - "The Jellyroll Kings deal in gritty juke joint splendor....this all-the-way-raw collection highlights...spontaneous interaction and real deal abandon....authentic feel and unbounded enthusiasm..."Option (7-8/97, pp.112-113) - "...The charms of OFF YONDER WALL outweigh all the negatives....doesn't pretend to be anything that it's not. It's blues, plain and simple...sloppily true to the heart of the music."Musician (3/97, p.90) - "...The Jelly Roll Kings...know how to groove....They also know how to get low-down, psychedelic, demented and sweaty, which brings out the best in Johnson's often whimsical musical imagination on guitar. All three of them deserve to be a much bigger deal..."27.1731

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Option (11-12/97, p.121) - "...Ford has a real knack for blues form....Song after song, the album shows how much Ford can find in the music...an album of real artistic achievement and some of the best blues in years."27.1731

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Option (1-2/96, p.98) - "...a snapshot of raw, old-style electric delta blues..."Living Blues (9-10/95, p.58) - "...if you enjoy the minimalist, go-for-broke sound of a juke joint trio at its finest, MULE is what you want."27.1731

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CMJ (2/15/99, pp.24-25) - "...a stripped down affair, with the singer/guitarist's first person yowlings of woe and women backed only by a few chords and/or the unsteady, all-feel beats of drummer Spam..."27.1731

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Down Beat (7/97, p.63) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...Kimbrough's rambling single-note lines and nearly garbled singing about libido stick to you like sweat....raw, rude, rousing."27.1731

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Rolling Stone (9/19/02, p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "This, boys and girls, is why not everyone can play the blues....The music is dark and vibrant, the sex nasty, the nights late and messy, and women not to be trusted."Entertainment Weekly (10/25/02, p.77) - "...A dozen examples of Kimbrough's iconoclastic mix of raw menace and unexpected beauty..." - Rating: ALiving Blues (11/02, pp.76-7) - "...The album paints a beautiful aural picture of Kimbrough..."27.1731

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Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.104) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (7/25/02, p.73) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Some tracks sound as if they could be forgotten gems from the heyday of soul...and some have the galvanizing intensity of spirituals, but all of them share one essential trait: They wouldn't be nearly as rousing sung by anybody else..."Entertainment Weekly (7/26/02, p.68) - "...Astonishing...Burke's baritone breathes fire into 11 instant classics..." - Rating: AQ (9/02, p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Brilliant."Uncut (1/03, p.95) - Ranked #14 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year"Uncut (9/02, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...one of the few towering voices still surviving from soul music's golden age...makes no concessions to contemporary R&B fashions..."Living Blues (9-10/02, p.44) - "...Burke is rarin' to go..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.63) - Ranked #34 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[I]t was the preacher's transfixing baritone that gave DON'T GIVE UP...its durability."Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.72) - Ranked #1 in Mojo's "Best Albums of 2002" - "...[A] rich, measured collection of classic soul singing..."NME (Magazine) (7/20/02, p.44) - 9 out of 10 - "...As pure and proper a record as you'll hear all year. If you've ever laughed or cried, you need to hear this."27.1731

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Entertainment Weekly (11/9/01, p.110) - "...The guitarist's electric snake-charming remains best heard live, making this colelction essential..." - Rating: B+Living Blues (1-2/02, p.39) - "...Cheaper than a plane ticket to Memphis and a ride across the state line...this is undoubtedly worth the cost of admission."27.1731

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Record Collector (magazine) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It suited Callicot's aggressive, propulsive style which would slowly mellow over the years."27.1731

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Uncut (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he 10 tracks are fresh, raw, essential."27.1731

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CMJ (8/01, p.77) - "...Blues chestnuts, raw and unsalted."JazzTimes (9/01, p.89) - "...Features Burnside singing in that riveting, blues-drenched style accompanying himself on acoustic guitar..."Living Blues (9-10/01, p.83) - "...Hard to beat..."27.1731

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Living Blues (9/03, pp.94-5) - "...The real treasures here are the seldom-heard opening lament 'Just Like a Bird Without a Feather' and the closing weeper 'Sat Down on My Bed and Cried'..."27.1731

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Rolling Stone (10/02, p.72) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Robert Johnson may have set the mold, but T-Model knows the poses cold..."Entertainment Weekly (10/4/02, p.154) - "...T-Model spins eerie recriminations and laconic displays of machismo over spindly one- and two-chord shuffles that stumble down the stairs but always land on their feet." - Rating: A-Uncut (1/03, p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Ford is still extremely alive....Raw, industrial and emotional..."27.1731

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Rolling Stone (11/13/03, p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Paul Westerberg is in indie-bluesman mode, turning out stripped-down up-tempo saloon rock....his voice is wonderfully ragged, and his bandmates almost always operate at full stomp."Uncut (1/04, pp.102-3) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...So wild and stripped-down it makes The White Stripes sound like Yes. Here, Westerberg digs into a deep well of classic Americana, mixing howling blues covers, lonesome country, riotous rockabilly and full-on rock'n'roll."Mojo (Publisher) (12/03, p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[The album] captures the essence of his schizo spirit with a collision of punk-fuelled cacophony, halting balladry and guttersnipe sensibility."27.1731

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CMJ (9/11/00, p.26) - "...A true delight for fans of homespun, good-time blues..."Living Blues (11-12/00, p.76) - "...Most certainly a labor of love...bringing back the music of a pleasingly idiosyncratic blues stylist..."27.1731

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Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.108) - "...Bauer's concocted the perfect combination of hill country boogie and big city rock..."27.1731

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Rolling Stone (3/6/03, p.71) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...They lock into a fiery, wheezing rhythm that sounds like it could roll on forever..."Living Blues (5/03, p.96) - "...McDowell's slide playing is smooth and sweet in spots, just as surely as it is raw an slashing in others while Woods' back-country harp style provides a perfect foil for McDowell's rough voice and guitar..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.77) - Ranked #6 in Mojo's "Best Blues Albums of 2002"Mojo (Publisher) (12/02, p.130) - "...This session was exceptional..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.106) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "McDowell's gruff vocal style and slide guitar techniques are to the fore....This is a bragging session, the duo strutting in front of Mitchell, and we, the listeners are the benefactors."27.1731

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Entertainment Weekly (11/3/00, p.83) - "...[He] returns to a straightforward John Lee Hooker/'Mississippi' Fred McDowell style, yet still incorporating the turntable scratches and ambient beats that made him an indie-rock hero..." - Rating: BMagnet (1-2/01, p.81) - "...Guaranteed to raise more goosebumps than a Jeff Buckley record..."Living Blues (7-8/01, p.15) - Rated as "Best New Blues Album of 2000" in LB's 2001 Critics' Awards.27.1731

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Living Blues (6/03, p.85) - "...Brown plunges into the maelstrom and emerges with pearls....The disc effectively captures the ongoing reverberations of cultural encounters - black and white, rural and urban, traditional and modernist - that have informed southern music almost since the beginning..."Mojo (Publisher) (4/03, pp.92-6) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Brown has obviously poured a lifetime of influences into this album, and rightly so. STINGRAY represents a portal between the past and future of hill country blues....The best blues album of 2003..."27.1731

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Rolling Stone (9/8/94, p.80) - 3.5 Stars - Good - "...a searing set of songs anchored in tradition, demonstrating why the Mississippi hill country will finally be called the final blues frontier..."27.1731

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Uncut (6/03, p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...An exhilarating showcase for a wildly gifted blues-guitar maverick..."27.1731

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Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p.181) - "...Junior Kimbrough is the blues at its rawest....Chulahoma, Miss., is home to Kimbrough, and only that kind of harsh, lush ancient South could spawn these blues. An electric outfit, the Soul Blues Boys power charge [the music]..."Option (11-12/94, p.125) - "...The grooves...here are so sweet and thick it's amazing they can make it through the speaker cones....These are the blues, not as sanitized pop fare or dusted-up museum pieces..."Living Blues (9-10/94, p.64) - "...may be the most primal sound anywhere... relentless and intense...pre-shuffle, modal electric blues, the roots of the root....as a document of some of the most unfettered and emotionally honest blues...today, this disc is indispensable..."27.1731

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Living Blues (11/03, pp.62-5) - "...The bluesman plays trancelike acoustic blues that ramble and sprawl with droning chords and down-picked polyrhythms..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/03, p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Twenty-first century blues of the highest order..."27.1731

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Rolling Stone (4/17/03, p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Ohio's Black Keys specialize in a sort of garage blues--abbreviated gasps of vocal hurt, feedback-y guitar and unhinged snares..."Q (01/01/04, p.76) - Ranked #31 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003" - "[A] sweaty, thrilling delight, with songs dipped in tar..."Mojo (Publisher) (01/01/04, p.56) - Ranked #40 in Mojo's "The Best of 2003" - "Like Free jamming with Jon Spencer, this is a gnarled, righteous triumph."27.1731

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Living Blues (9-10/01, pp.78-9) - "...An intimate portrait of one of the blues' most gifted, yet enigmatic, creative geniuses."No Depression (11-12/01, p.115) - "...Unique and memorable..."27.1731

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Living Blues (5-6/02, p.57) - "...There's some beautiful material buried here, even beyond the blues..."27.1731

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Living Blues (11-12/00, p.54) - "...Immaculately arranged and loaded with terrific originals....brilliantly straddling the fence between blues and soul and showcases Ernest's burnished vocals as never before..."27.1731

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CMJ (7/00, p.52) - "...He is the real thing, a white-lightning-damaged soul who speaks from his own twisted memory and experience..."27.1731

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Option (5-6/98) - "...there ain't much of a purely musical nature to recommend here, but there's a wild, wild blues experience here that'll give you something real and raw to ruminate on..."27.1731

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CMJ (7/00, p.48) - "...A genuine juke-joint dog with enough bite in his bark to satisfy fans of Fat possum's outsider blues..."0.8131895

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Living Blues (p.62) - "The compilation takes listeners on a chronological journey of blues history from its earliest recordings to the postmodern forays of R.L. Burnside and Fat Possum Records....All in all a fine comprehensive view of the blues."0.7115408

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Down Beat (p.65) - "Guitarist Ryan Taylor turns a clear eye on the songwriting process, coming up with one strong melody after another..."Living Blues (p.45) - "[T]hese Oklahoma boys deliver an inspired fusion of indie rock and blues....The Rounders have clearly their Fat Possum catalog and evoke the spirits of the late R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough..."No Depression (p.122) - "The guitars of Ryan Taylor and Michael Stone speak together in a singular voice -- jagged and ringing, full of rich harmonies and crystalline echo."0.4065948

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Rolling Stone (4/1/04, p.90) - "[The album] jumps with old-timey authenticity."Dirty Linen (4/04, p.46) - "The Ramblers' uniqueness is their ability to slowly cook like boot-legged moonshine whiskey on tracks like 'Honey Babe,' then snake on to the syncopated jive of 'Cloth of Gold'..."Living Blues (p.63) - "[T]he band has moved in a darker direction, with stripped-down production....This adventurous and well-executed project will be appreciated by fans of Fat Possum's edgier productions..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Using a tight guitar/drums, violin/string bass line-up, with sandpaper vocals and troubles on their mind, they achieve an intense, often claustrophobic sound....In a word, tasty."0.3557704

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