MY SHIT IS PERFECT - Bob Log III (Voodoo Rhythm)
If someone hadn't mentioned Bob Log II had re-located to Australia I would have remained in ignorant bliss. People wearing bike helmets all look the same to me. Not that we won't claim him as one of our own. We're not fussy, we adopt Kiwi arseholes like Russell Crowe.

So what's he doing on Voodoo Rhythm - Bob Log III - not Crowe - and why is this his first recording in four years? The answer to the first question is "Why not?" and the second is "I'm fucked if I know." Which is fine because what's more relevant is that Log's still doing the one-man, twisted blues band thing purdy dang well. Voodoo Rhythm is also a logical home.

You can do a lot with your sound when you're mic'ed up inside a crash helmet and Log warbles, declaims, distorts and phones it in with no shortage of vocal doctoring. There's a bit of looping of the rhythms but it sounds otherwordly in all the right places. Which, let's face it, is songs through one to 13.

Of course the joke would wear thin if the guy couldn't play and he shows off his chops on songs like "Bucktooth Potato" to fine effect. It can't be easy ringing the time changes with little more than two feet and some pedals. Especially when some would-be waitress at Hooters is lowering her left fun-bag into your whisky.

"It's The Law" and the title track are what bluegrass sounds like on acid. Not that any of you listen to bluegrass.

Bob Log II might be an acquired taste but so are Krispy Kreme donuts and he's much better for you. "My Shit Is Perfect" will be hailed as such by the committed but for the rest of us it isn't a bad way to start a lazy weekend either when you're not in the mood to be assailed by something more straight-forward. This is blues for the minimalists.

Just don't listen to this on your motorbike. You might kick-start it with the wrong pedal. - The Barman



 


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