KING AUTOMATIC: IN THE BLUE CORNER: CD

Yet another Voodoo Rhythm release that transports the listener to far gone times and places. King Automatic provides a musical time machine that makes stops in ‘60s go-go Paris, 1920s Louisiana Cajun country, and San Francisco garages circa 1990. He effortlessly combines elements of blues, garage rock, jazz, and country and western to create a unique musical odyssey. I’m partial to the straightforward rock’n’roll stuff, like the sultry twanger, “Let’s Have a Party,” and “Vague Information,” an organ-driven dance floor filler. But, moodier numbers like “There Is No Truth in the Night” and “Staircase Serenade” are equally satisfying. What’s most amazing about these tunes is that King Automatic plays them as a one man band, a terrific feat when you hear all that’s going on in them sonically—keyboards, drums, guitars, harp. Simply incredible.

 –benke (VOODOO RHYTHM)