For the BUBG, "blues" is a fluid term, so that leads to some fun variations on the perfunctory twelve-bar-blues most associate with the genre. "First of May" is perhaps the most fun, a kazoo- and clarinet-led slice of Dixieland stomp. Hammond B3 organ and Memphis horns add fuel to the fire on "More I Get, the Less I Got," the most modern-sounding track on a disc largely populated by acoustic instruments. Liston's voice is both tremulous and strident; she brings a force to all of these songs, rarely yielding or softening her delivery. "If Only" finds Liston at her most tender, and she matches the softly plucked stokes of Segel-Moss' ragged guitar. It's moments like this that serve as a reminder why these two musicians make such a good pair.
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