Now, here's what you call a break from tradition. After bridging the gap between punk and blues on his collaboration with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside ventures into the world of beats and grooves, a series of remix projects with producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Foo Fighters).
The cynics among you may smell opportunism, but Rothrock is sensitive and respectful enough to Burnside's originals to do them proper justice. Even the 4/4 high hat and filtered sound effects of Rollin' Tumblin' sound appropriate to the music at hand. Though these treatments—largely instrumental—erase the most of the presence of Burnside's searing vocals, Burnside and Rothrock's adventurousness will win over most to their progressive-thinkin' boogie chillun'.
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