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Selfishness. It can be either a friend or foe in the songwriting process and the bigger musical world. For Blues Traveler, selfishness has been a long time coming. It's what drives the band's eighth studio album, ­Bastardos! The album's Spanish-flavored title can be taken from a few different perspectives, it can be seen as sort of an homage to the bastard blend of musical influences running through the disc, or it can be taken just as literally as the translation implies, the bastards. Vanguard. 2005.


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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B000A8AXD6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven E. Wonchoba on September 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album took me a little while to warm up to. I can remember when TRUTH BE TOLD came out, I was immediately taken in by the opening, raunchy notes of "Unable To Get Free". BASTARDOS will probably not jump down your throat the way TRUTH might have, but as soon as you accept it as not falling into the mold of the last several albums, this album is one of the most adventurous in the band's catalog.

There's definitely a different feel to BASTARDOS. Its 14 songs are the most on a Blues Traveler album since the outstanding SAVE HIS SOUL, and stylistically it runs all over the place. The band taps into influences that have never been heard on a BT album before now. Two of the songs ("Nail" and "That Which Doesn't Kill You") have an unmistakable Steely Dan flavor. "Nefertiti" (one of the album's best songs) sounds a little bit like "The Ballad Of Jenny Ledge" from early 90s Toy Matinee. And "She And I" sounds very much like early-to-mid career Chicago. The rest of the songs all delve into different musical directions, and if not for John Popper's voice and harp, it would be very difficult to pin down any of these songs as having a definitive "Blues Traveler" sound. Again, very adventurous.

Popper again handles all of the lyrical duties; and as has been the case for the last several albums, Chan Kinchla's musical contributions ("What Could Possibly Go Wrong", "That Which Doesn't Kill You", and especially the opening track, "You Can't Stop Thinking About Me") are musically among the most gutsy on the album. But this time, the other band members contribute a number of real diamonds in the rough.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Oliveira on September 16, 2005
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If you've never listened to Blues Traveler before, start now with 'Bastardos!'. If you've given them a chance before and didn't like them, give them another shot with 'Bastardos!'. This album is one of the strongest to be released this year, and quite possibly Blues Traveler's best. And Blues Traveler is one of the few bands in the jam band community that have released some very solid efforts ('Blues Traveler', 'Four' and 'Truth Be Told' to just name a few), but this one, in my opinion, tops them all. Even 2003's 'Truth Be Told' was a healthy establishment of the "new" Blues Traveler (while 2001's 'Bridge' was exactly that; a transition from the old to the new - bridging the gap between what was and what will be), but 'Bastardos!', in my opinion, still tops it. John Popper usually, as many other artists do, writes a lot about lost and unrequited love, but the first song alone, "You Can't Stop Thinking About Me", shows how his songwriting style is changing. "Amber Awaits" features the most interesting guitar riff and bass line I've heard in a long time. The perfect and rather fitting segue of "Money Back Guarantee" and "Can't Win True Love", are both packed with incredible emotion and raw power. "Leaning In" showcases Popper's amazing vocal abilities and delivery. "She And I", probably the album's epiccenter, prominantly features a 3-piece horn section - something completely new for the band. This track also showcases newbie Traveler, keyboardist Ben Wilson, with a truly mezmerizing solo. "Rubberneck" offers up a completely original (and hilarious) song subject; something that needs to be heard to be believed. The album ends gracefully with "The Children Of The Night", one of the band's most heavily produced songs.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on October 22, 2005
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What are you looking for? Misery? Check. Regret? Check. Revenge? Check. Soul? Check. Sacrimental beer? Yeah, check.

This album may not be the traditional, strewn-in-misery blues that we have all come to know and love (or despise, depending on how you look at it), but Blues Traveler's BASTARDOS! manages to capture the spirit and energy that makes blues music what it is. Combining expert musicianship with powerful vocals and superior songwriting, BASTARDOS! is an album blending rock, country, and blues into a sound that can only be described as awesome. Maybe not the absolute best record ever made...but who really gives a hoot? This album is FUN, and that's what I like in my music. Really, who knew heartache could be so entertaining?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PEANUT BUTTER BROWN STONE on November 11, 2010
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This album rocks the party that rocks the box. At first, I thought it all sucked except for , "Amber Waits", but I was dead wrong. The degree of difficulty in listening turned itself around, and now I love this little Bastardo to death.. Bravo Blues Traveler and Jay Bennett for reaching for the stars. I get really captivated by the cool changes and fluctuating grooves. the songs sometimes get super busy and congested only to release and fall back in excellent fashion. The guy on keyboard is essential to their new sound in this style. wow. Trk. 8 has some very tight horns playing that would seem out of place until it all blows you away by the end with a riveting keyboard solo. I get a little weird about this kind of stuff, but I would love to reorder the tracks and start with the party/spiritual number, "the children of the night" as number one. What great imagery this song has for those of us who've thrived through the night into the morning letting our freak flags fly. Stay thirsty BT
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