Vibe (12/97-1/98, p.178) - "...ROOMFUL OF CHRISTMAS is hotter than glass tree lights on a drying pine."
Living Blues (1-2/99, p.65) - "...a very attractive...album, and leagues ahead...of the new breed of zoot-suited revivalists over whom they've exerted a huge influence."
JazzTimes (12/94, p.121) - "...50's jump blues and ballads....their best album in years..."Living Blues (9-10/94, p.97) - "...the Count Basie Band of the blues/R&B revival; they build up a full head of steam, close the emergency relief valve, open up all the stops, and commence to swinging harder than anybody in the business..."
Living Blues (6/03, p.81) - "...Roomful of Blues manage to deliver hard-hitting jump blues with the same flair that marked their debut - 17 albums later..."
Living Blues (p.60) - "[A]ll the songs nestle nicely into a compilation whose mission is to highlight the genre's feature instrument..."
Living Blues (3-4/96, pp.90-91) - "...offers exceptional value for the money as well as a basic introduction to Rounder's extensive blues history."
Down Beat (p.63) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Updating vintage numbers, the Cajun r&b anthem 'Big Mamou' among others, remains a band strong point. Roomful is still in a class by itself."Dirty Linen (p.42) - "'Black Night' showcases Roomful' ability to grind down on a sizzling slow blues, and guitarist Chris Vachon's solos take the song to the next level."Dirty Linen (p.77) - "With 50, alumni, Roomful of Blues is all about the skilled artists who uphold the tradition and reputation of the name. RAISIN' A RUCKUS carries on."
Down Beat (p.56) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Roomful is a curator's cover band, and the guys trawled the r&b and blues waters to find a treasure trove of songs belonging to historical figures..."Living Blues (p.43) - "Roomful are an institution as much as a band -- but they're also one of the most dependably pleasing and uplifting aggregations still on the road."
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he icons and belters on this two-CD party include guitar lords like Albert Collins, Son Seals and Luther Allison; vocal volcanoes Koko Taylor and the Holmes Brothers; and the modern-Delta stylist Corey Harris."Living Blues (p.66) - "Perhaps one of the Alligator's greatest triumphs, and undoubtedly one of its paramount voices, was the late Koko Taylor. The Queen of the Blues recorded with the label for 35 years..."Billboard (p.40) - "[A] sampler that touches on great moments and key acts....Sure to send listeners deeper into the individual artists' catalogs."Record Collector (magazine) (p.103) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] healthy doses of blues-infused rockabilly, front porch soul, gospel, rock, ballads, New Orleans R&B, country and zydeco."
Rolling Stone (pp.76-7) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[EVERYTHING'S OK is] one more righteous, red-hot reason to treasure this surviving genius of soul."Rolling Stone (p.68) - "[M]ore sweet soul..."Uncut (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - ""Real Love,' a vocal fantasia of sighs, rasps and screams is as deep as soul gets."JazzTimes (p.118) - "[A]ll the trademarks are here: the funkified self-awareness; the percolated joy; the romantic satisfaction that doubles as religious devotion...and the fulfilled longing, shot through with glowering sexual energy."Vibe (p.168) - 4 discs out of 5 - "Green puts a touch of class on EVERTHING'S, which is way, way better than just 'OK.'"Living Blues (p.44) - "Lush strings, saxophones and piano notes weave in and out of the mix....On the jubilant 'I Can Make Music,' Green pulls out all the stops backed by an entire roomful of musicians..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.63) - Ranked #36 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[A]n undiminished vocal capable of delicate caresses and passionate, wild fire."Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Green sounds in his element, his voice alternately rocketing and raving as a veritable wall of sound..."