If you dig Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, the Andrews Sisters, Mama Cass, Asleep at the Wheel, the Asylum Street Spankers, Leon Redbone, and that ilk, then you're gonna really like this songbird too. Lisa Biales has a crystal clear tone and smoothly confident delivery, so much so that she's not only been chosen to contribute music to films and TV but is also an actress in an upcoming Francis Ford Coppola flick starring Val Kilmer, with Don Novello (whoa!, Father Guido Sarducci!) as her husband in a mysterious interlude. Meanwhile, this is the 7th disc on her own label, Big Song Music, and it appears to me Ms. Biales is tilted for ever larger successes in the coming years.
Lotsa recognizable players too—Tommy Talton, Paul Hornsby, Bill Stewart, and others—but the feather boa Biales smiles behind on the cover is our visual cue, Just Like Honey being old timey music from the 20s up to the 60s. This means there's a lot of bounce and swing, but pay attention as she encants the slo-burn Damn your Eyes. Without going over the top, Biales bores the song straight through her unfaithful lover's heart, and just as unerringly out of her own, purging man and mind simultaneously…with just a tang of regret nonetheless.
Ah, but she's sinuous and slinky, too, buttery and sweet Just Like Honey, in a sonorous ode to love in a shady arbor, inviting and seductive until Yonder Come the Blues, and we're back in lamentation upon the eternal frustrations of the genders, Tommy Talton's slide stretching out the heartstrings as Vic Dunston's tuba chugs up the firmament. The close-out, though, is a mellow folky ramp-down with a gentle almost samba beat in Bill Stewart's brushes, a wistful desire for a return to innocence amid the current hurly-burly, and, man o man, wouldn't that be nice? Yep, this is a CD for walking backwards into an era that finds itself increasingly resorted to as a remedy against the technocratic ills of our own era. I say put on your spats and cravat and enjoy.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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