BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS – Black Beehive

Album: Black Beehive

Artist: Big Head Todd & the Monsters

Label: Shout! Factory

Release Date: February 04, 2014

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 BY JOHN B. MOORE

 Big Head Todd & the Monsters have got the Blues again. After flirting with mainstream success in the ‘90s, thanks to crossover singles on Sister Sweetly, the band has drifted further and further toward down and dirty Blues. Their 2011 record 100 Years of Robert Johnson (under the moniker Big Head Blues Club) was their biggest step yet into that camp and with Black Beehive the band is perfectly content to build a permanent home in the genre.

 The record kicks it off right with the slow head-nodding number “Hey Delila” (thankfully not a Plain White T’s cover) and carries the vibe throughout the nearly dozen tracks on this, their 10th album. Lyrically, the album is pretty mediocre, but the band has always seen their playing overshadow the words; Black Beehive is no different, with the track “Josephine,” easily one of the band’s best compositions to date, being the biggest exception here. 

 Who knew a bunch of white guys from Boulder, Colorado could feel the Blues so well.

 DOWNLOAD: “Hey Delila,” “Josephine” and “Travelin’ Light”

 

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