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Hernando
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMEon February 1, 2008
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Here the Allstars are getting back to basics, after a badly cluttered album (Electric Blue Watermelon) that was weighed down by too many guest stars having an unfocused and inefficient party. Hernando returns us to the mean swamp blues as delivered by just the Dickinson Brothers and Chris Chew, with help from only a couple of guest singers and with East Memphis Slim occasionally chipping in on piano. This has encouraged the three Allstars to focus their attack, in the process creating some of their heaviest and lowdownest grooves yet. Longtime fans will be pleasantly surprised by the sinister swampfests in "Keep the Devil Down" and "Rooster's Blues," while the band has significantly darkened their lyrical outlook in "Soldier" and "Long Way from Home." But rest assured that there is some fun on this album as well, with a joyous carnival dance vibe in "Mizzip" and a rollicking rave-up in "Blow Out." Here the Allstars show us what they're really good at - lean and mean southern blues rock with a minimum of adornments. The nastier, the better... and here we have the Allstars at their nastiest and best. [~doomsdayer520~]
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2008
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This is the best NMA effort since 51 Phantom, IMO. The three guys are sticking to what they do best...rock blues with a southern swamp tinge! Luther straps on a Strat this time around and lays down some dang cool Hendrix tone in his playing..dead on, man! As a result, this album has a little harder edge to some of the songs than Electric Blue Watermelon, and that's a good thing. A couple of live NMA mp3 albums from their website featured Luther doing his Hendrix stuff, and I'm glad he was able to carry that side of his playing to the studio this time...highly recommended for all NMA and blues/southern rock fans...and Hendrix fans!!

When are you coming back to Utah, guys????
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2008
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THE NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS are once again making the OLE BLUES current for those too young to appreciate it. the talent in this band just keeps getting stronger and fresh with each outing. this has to be my favorite band at this time. the cd starts quick and rocking but settles in for some groovin grooves. this is what good time music is all about. I CANNOT ENCOURAGE YOU ENOUGH TO PICK THIS UP. you youngsters who like blues would be wise to start with any of their releases and learn what its all about. this cd reminds of the best of J. GEILS band ever did. THESE GUYS ARE FOR REAL!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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A friend in Georgia introduced me to the music of the North Mississippi Allstars some years ago when he put Shake Hands With Shorty in the CD player. I thought it was just OK at the time but good enough to give the band another shot. Hernando has received some favorable press since it was recently released so it is with this CD I decided to listen to them once again.
Well, the verdict is in. North Mississippi Allstars have proven to me that they are a band worthy of wider recognition. I don't know about all those industry references to swamp blues. I think that is just an easy allusion to their geographic origins and a simple way to categorize their music. Let's just say they do have a rather unique approach to what I'd just prefer to call blues rock.
After several listens, I still don't hear the five-star level of music that seems to be reviewers' consensus but I do hear a lot to like. My favorites are the driving opening cut Shake; the bluesy Keep The Devil Down; the humorous I'd Love To Be A Hippy; the hard-hitting Rooster's Blues; and the continually changing tempo of Take Yo Time, Rodney.
So if you like your rock and roll supercharged with a dose of the blues and you haven't heard NMA yet, then you should consider giving this a listen. If you need a point of comparison, about the closest one I can make is to pre-commercial ZZ Top.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2008
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If you, like me, were a little disspointed with "Polaris" and "Electric Blue Watermelon", you'll be glad the NMA are back to their strengths on "Hernando". Also, if you haven't gotten a copy of their "Keep On Marchin" DVD, do yourself a favor. It's a great concert and the extras show another side of the band. These guys deserve our support !
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2008
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What a pleasant surprise. After several decent to mediocre studio albums by Luther and the boys this is a return to gritty blues and scorching guitars. The first track "Shake" sounds a lot like it could have been on Shake Hands with Shorty. If you are a fan of NMAS I would highly recommend.
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on January 7, 2014
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these are such very talented musicians! and I love their style. their albums are always a good listen, entertaining, and enjoyable
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2008
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The other reviews are absolutely on, this group is awesome. If you like blues, rock, scortchin guitars, funkey off the beaten path music, this is for you. Lovin it on my deck tonight, bet my neighbors are too.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2011
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This is arguably the final production effort of the Dickinson era. I believe the tribute album (Keys To The Kingdom) that Cory and Luther did a year later was a superior effort. Hernando suffers from lack of imagination and passion, although there are flashes of NoMSAllStar brilliance here and there. Better efforts both before and after.
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on September 17, 2014
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Pretty good CD overall. I took a chance on it & it was worth the $.
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