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Blues Traveler – North Hollywood Shootout 7.5/10

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Posted by admin On August - 26 - 2008

-A.S. I found myself talking with my friends yesterday about how upset we were that summer was coming to an end. More specifically, that it was going to start getting cold again soon. As if on cue, Blues Traveler released North Hollywood Shootout today. An album that has a few great tracks for cruising with the windows down while the weather is still nice.

The first thing that I noticed while listening to North Hollywood Shootout was that on the songs that I was digging, it was Chan Kincla’s guitar that was drawing me in and not John Popper’s voice or harp.
Perhaps it was seeing how good Chan Kincla was at Lollapalooza that made him stand out more to me on this new album.

“You, Me, and Everything” sounds as good on the album as it did live at Lollapalooza. The biggest rocker is “The Beacons.” Kincla’s guitar absolutely screams on “How You Remember It.” Although “Queen of Sarajevo” starts slow, it turns into one of the albums best tracks by the end. Definitely one of the best second to last tracks on an album I’ve heard in a while.

The album closes with a spoken word track called “Free Willis, Ruminations from Behind Uncle Bob’s Machine Shop.” Bruce Willis does the talking, and really gets into it, while the band jams out over a drum beat. Best Bruce line: “Hold my cell phone. It’s a Blackberry, hold it. My other Blackberry is ringing.”John Popper and co played a few of North Hollywood Shootout’s tunes at Lollapalooza.

The album is good, but not great. I’m sure most of the songs will sound excellent live, as the ones I remember from Lollapalooza did. They give you some rockers to go with some of Popper’s usual ballads. Plus, how many albums have John McClane on them?

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