Album / CD art cover titled " Scandalous" by Black...

Album / CD art cover titled " Scandalous" by Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears Credit: None/

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears offer a clinic on creating a successful party soundtrack with its sophomore album, "Scandalous" (Lost Highway). Take a whole lot of James Brown funk ("Livin' in the Jungle"), filter it through an indie-rock sensibility for some extra-sharp rhythms (thanks to producer Jim Eno of Spoon) and add a dash of Texas blues ("Messin'," "Mustang Ranch") and -- bam! -- you get a surefire good time. And that's even before the shout-along soul train ride to "Booty City"!


BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS

"Scandalous"

GRADE A-

BOTTOM LINE A funky good time

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