Bamboos, The - Fever In The Road

Have The Bamboos gone noir with their sixth album? Not quite, but Fever In The Road is the Bamboos' album that wears stockings and high heels, mixing in their most surprising influence yet, country and western music.

"It's not the mascara, it's not the tight dress; it's the look in the eye that'll scare you to death," Jonathan Richman sung in 'Vampire Girl'. The Bamboos are back with a vengeance, having left behind all of the guests from last year's star-studded Medicine Man album. The spotlight is instead on The Bamboos' veteran diva Kylie Auldist and new chanteuse Ella Thompson, and their sequins shine bright.

"When I hear good music, I feel as though something has been added to my life that wasn't there before," Deanna Durbin tells Gene Kelly in the 1944 noir film Christmas Holiday. "I'd like that. Think you can teach me?" Kelly replies. Throughout the 12 tracks on Fever In The Road, The Bamboos lay down a soulful education. The 'ooh's on tracks like 'Your Lovin' Is Easy' and the 'ow!' before the third chorus in 'Rats' are straight out of Otis Redding's Dictionary of Soul.

However, soul music and country music have never been far apart. Dusty Springfield's Memphis album is evidence of this. Fever In The Road is the sound of the desert, mixed with a good dose of eyeshadow and mascara. 'Leaving Nothing Behind' shifts like a mirage or the opening credits to a James Bond movie. 'Avenger' shakes like a rattlesnake's tail, and 'Harbinger' shimmers like oil rising from a hot tar road.

The Bamboos successfully re-establish their sound on Fever In The Road, with a new sheriff in town. Auldist's tracks burn down long, western highways, speeding into the horizon. They compliment Thompson's starry tracks like the scorching desert day does to the cool desert night. Fever In The Road is a fever worth having.

Watch the video for lead single 'Avenger' below:

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