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  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Surfdog
  • ASIN: B000I2IRTG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Drugs & Alcohol (Bullet Holes)
2. Take A Chance On Love
3. Broken Down Piece Of Junk
4. We Are The Marauders
5. Don't Say You Love Me
6. Really Rockabilly
7. Rocket Cathedrals
8. Mini Bar Blues
9. Bad Bad Girl (In A Bad Bad World)
10. When Hepcat Gets The Blues
11. Back Streets Of Tokyo
12. Everybody's Up To Somethin'
13. The Hennepin Avenue Bridge

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Product Description

Fans of Setzer's prior work will be blown away by the versatility he demonstrates on this, his 13th album of original material. A kick-ass guitar, bass, and drums rock record featuring unbelievable playing and solid songwriting. All 13 tracks have a unique feel, from southern influenced to classic rock/new wave to almost metal. Includes a guest appearance by Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom on "Really Rockabilly". Brian has sold over 12 million records throughout his 25-year career and "13" is sure to continue the lucky streak. Look for him on tour in the US beginning in November and continuing into 2007.

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After successfully reinventing himself as a guitar-slinging, martini-toasting, tattooed, jumpin' jive crooner, ex-Stray Cat frontman Brian Setzer struts his rocking rebel persona into a slightly altered groove. Despite the unimaginative title, the singer/guitarist's 13th album (with 13 songs, natch) is an attempt to bring his reverb-drenched rumble to a tougher, less stylized persona. Some of it connects as a combination of Gov't Mule's '70s riffage with a twang accent, as on the pumped up "Everybody's Up to Somethin'" and the opening salvo of "Drugs and Alcohol (Bullet Holes)." But Setzer seems to be forcing these songs, especially vocally, desperate to avoid being pigeonholed as a two-trick pony. Much better is the rugged rockabilly of "Take a Chance on Love" and the muscular street-gang switchblade of "We Are the Marauders." There's a '50s rumble to "Don't Say You Love Me" that seems like a Stray Cats leftover now beefed up for a more potent attack. "Really Rockabilly" skewers the purists that want to force Setzer into his old genre ("he wears 1956 underwear") but when he strides into jazz mode on "Mini Bar Blues," the album's only instrumental, it's a fresh breath of '50s air next to the simplistic lyrics and fist-pounding tempo of the following "Bad Bad Girl." You can't fault the artist for pushing his boundaries, but this eclectic collection wants to have it both ways; keeping his old fans satiated with Setzer-certified hipster swing, such as "When Hepcat Gets the Blues," while aiming for a broader appeal with his less successful stab at dated, if effectively stripped down, hard rock. --Hal Horowitz

Customer Reviews

Just when you think you can expect one thing from him he turns you on you ear.
J. K. Carey
His over the top guitar riffs and witty lyrics where so good, it lead to an eventual letdown on his next effort.
bluesinchicago
I love the Stray Cats, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Setzer's other solo CDs.
Crazyeasygoinguy

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By bluesinchicago on October 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As a pretty big fan of Brian's solo career, I've waited eagerly for any solo release in the past decade. 2001's 68 Comeback Special "Ignition" remains the standard in modern rockabilly. His over the top guitar riffs and witty lyrics where so good, it lead to an eventual letdown on his next effort. Brian released Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy in 2003 with nearly impossible expectations. NBFD, was much darker and very personal with a huge blues influence. It was good, but it didn't have the same playfulness that 86CS seemed to enjoy. In 2005, Brian went a completely different direction with Rockabilly Riot, a tribute to all the old school rockabilly guys from the 50's and 60's.

So, now in 2006 we come to "13" right in the middle of another personal millstone in his life. With a new marriage and a move to Midwest, Brian's latest release seems to reflect the changes in his personal life. While it's pretty obvious that he is really the only one holding the modern rockabilly torch, and no real successor to hand it to, Brian takes this opportunity to experiment with the genre. Brian's strength as a guitar player has always been his ability effortlessly mix rock/blues/country/jazz into his own rockabilly hybrid. Here, there is a noticeable mix of punk and hard rock which I initially thought I was going to hate. But as I give the disc a spin, I find it quite refreshing. Lyrically, the good natured, slightly out of whack humor that made 86CS so much fun is back. Just take a listen to "Everybody's Up to Something" and make your own conclusions on who exactly "Ashlee" is.

Dave Darling along with Brian disserve some credit in the production booth because the mix is crisp, yet raw sounding at the same time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By EP FAN 4 EVR on October 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Where do I begin, there is so many different types of music on this CD I can't think straight!! Country, Rock, Jazz, Touch of Metal, Punk and he is very talented at all of them. If you have not ever purchased a Brian Setzer CD before, new or future fans this is the one to buy!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steven Eric Coon on October 30, 2006
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I had a copy of this reserved through Amazon so I would receive this as soon as it was released. I have been playing this now for several days. It is absolutely incredible. Mr Setzer is at his usual untouchable superior guitar playing. What makes this cd great is the unbelievable variety from song to song. It goes from country to jazz to hard rock and on and on. Let me state the obvious, if you are a Setzer fan this is a MUST buy. If you don't know much about Brian's music this is a perfect sampler so you can experience the genius of this man's talents.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Carey on November 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
No doubt about it, the man has some serious skills. Just when you think you can expect one thing from him he turns you on you ear. I won't touch on all the different styles on the album as I think everyone else has done a pretty good job. What I will say is this album is proof positive of why Setzer will go down in the Pantheon of Guitar Gods.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Solocoyote on November 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am a big Brian Setzer fan going back to the Stray Cats. He quite frankly is one of the few artists out there whose music is just fun, lively, and makes you feel "Hey man, this is music". Setzer is as talented on the guitar as Jerry Lee Lewis is on the piano and in my mind no better compliment can be paid to a musician.

Every new iteration of Brian Setzer has been enjoyable: Stray cats, to the Swing of the Dirty Boogie, to the Rockabilly of the Comeback Special, and the superb tribute to sun records.

But, he missed it on this CD. The song writing is silly and sophmoric. I do not expect to find the meaning of life hidden behind the lyrics found in Setzer's CDs but the majority of songs on this CD have all the same elements. Some songs are riddled with rhymes children in the first grade use, and are repeated endlessly. Such as in the song "Bad Bad Girl in a Bad Bad World".

For example here is a small snippet out of the song mentioned before:

She's a bad bad girl in a bad bad world

A bad bad girl in a bad bad world

It's not her fault she's a bad bad world

It's so sad it's a sad sad world

She's a bad bad girl in a bad bad world

A bad bad girl in a bad bad world

It's not her fault she's a bad bad world

She's a bad bad, bad bad, bad bad, bad bad girl

What garbage! By the end of the little chorus you just want to give the CD a toss.

Many of his songs are riddled with the disjointed tempo changes found in punk music. Setzer has been able to do this subtly in the past without calling attention to it, but there are a few songs on here that just sound confused. Definately not a Setzer trait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich Saxelid on September 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was really looking forward to Brian's latest disc, but was overall disappointed when I listen through its entirety. It just did not seem fun, like many of his previous albums. The songs seemed rather tired, and they tend to start sounding the same near the end of the record. I see he has a new BSO album coming out, so I hope that offering will be much better than this...at least I would hope. For those who are new to Brian's work, I would suggest his "Comeback Special" which was excellent, or one of his early BSO project albums, such as "Guitar Slinger".
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