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  • Audio CD (March 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B001SMC91M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sounds like Stax-era horns and guitar soul with more attitude.
Jack Baker
Kinda like... when you're singing along with the music and you don't know the words to the song, but you try to improvise... this is just like that.
The Lunar Staff
Although the band is tight, this is a weak attempt at a retro-Stax sound that doesn't work for me.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By korova on June 3, 2009
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Hehhhh! Something great has been brewing over the last couple of years. Funky, gutbucket soul music is back! Not the canned, overblown, and ersatz junk you hear on TV singing contests and sitcoms but true 60's style R&B. Sharon Jones, Amy Winehouse (yes, Amy Winehouse-she used Sharon Jones' backing band on Back to Black), and Raphael Saadiq are all doing their part to resurrect soul. And now Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears have stepped up to the plate.

Tell `Em What Your Name Is! is a gritty, storming, high energy debut album. Black Joe Lewis sings like James Brown and the Honeybears have that classic bass-and-horn driven Stax sound. That's right, it's like the Godfather of Soul fronting the Mar-Keys or Booker T. & the MGs. Talk about two great things that go great together--forget Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!

If that doesn't mean anything to you, just listen to the samples. You'll be up and on your feet dancing in no time. Then, check out some JB and Stax cuts and you'll see what I'm talkin' about.

Now then, back to the album. It's pretty much funky soul all the way through, with a few blues tunes, including a Yardbirds style rave up and a Fat Possum-like Mississippi hill country droner, tossed in for good measure. Black Joe and the band play loud and hard on every track...don't go looking for any slow jams on this platter. The only real flaws are that the running time is kind of short and the music seems to have been mixed for iPod and computer listening, with every element of the music placed way upfront.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Shadd on April 23, 2009
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It is impossible to listen to this album and not want to dance around. There should be a warning on this album not to listen to it in the car, because I can't really contain myself. I haven't seen such energy and such a fun performer in many years. Black Joe and the Honeybears are a strange mix of funk, soul and rock and roll. I think the reviews call this "garage funk" or "garage soul" and that seems pretty accurate.

My favorite song from the album is "I'm Broke". I can't get the song out of my head, but it's not a bad thing. But "Sugarfoot" is a close second. I absolutely love the horns. There really isn't a bad song anywhere on the album.

It is ridiculous to think that this is the first record from this guy. The music is raw, high-energy and will absolutely make it impossible for you to stay in your seat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Yager on April 7, 2009
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I went to see Mates Of State in Dallas, TX and Black Joe Lewis was opening for them. I enjoyed them so much, I just HAD to have physical copy of their music and went and bought a CD after the show (something I rarely do).

This band is extremely funky and talented. The use of horns and 'James Brown' style of singing makes Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears a truly enjoyable experience.

I plan on seeing them every time they come to town, and I HIGHLY recommend you do the same.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill on May 25, 2009
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Most products can garner a four or five star rating with simple things. Music is different. I think these guys have infinite potential. This album wreaks of James Brown. There are obvious other influences but they are overpowered by the "good foot" vocals and horns that would make J.B. proud. It may also piss him off on some occassions. I agree with one of the previous statements that most great albums take you on a ride that changes sound and offers changes in rhythm, lyrics and tone. This one starts and ends the same way. Its feverish and very sophomoric but infectious and groovy at the same time. You will enjoy it and then become bored with the lack of versatility. Eventually you will play the four or five songs that personnify the album for you and keep the rest on the shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave English VINE VOICE on July 10, 2009
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Great CD! Rockin kickin fun sound. If you like Rolling Stones, Albert Collins, Robert Cray -- this is for you. It's old school, but with a fresh new voice. It's a high-pitched, highly compressed voice, but it's unique. Can't but close my eyes and imagine how awesome it would be to see these guys in a small club in New Orleans or Chicago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mister Charlie VINE VOICE on May 27, 2009
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I tend to agree w/ review Jerry Danzig, but with a bit of Howlinw's attitude thrown in. 2-1/2 stars from me.

What it boils down to is this: this is "Nothin' But A Party" music.

Dealing with ANY kind of "throwback" music, be it this kind, or rockabilly, or honky tonk, or beatlesque pop, or what have you, is a tricky proposition. Can one really enjoy "new" music that actually brings nothing new to the table, but rather studiously emulates some past piece of music? Often, to my dismay, at least in terms of album sales, the answer turns out to be yes.

And this album IS enjoyable, in a way. Music, to me at least, can appeal to 4 places in me: head, heart, gut, and rump. This album shoots for the rump-shaking, and does a good job... if this was background music at a backyard cook out, I would undoubtedly be shaking it whilst throwing back some beer and bbq. The band is tight and knows their greasy soul music history book, with well-placed horn parts, guitar and keyboard lines and tightly-wound bass and drums.

But the best music in this genre also appeals to the heart, and this album fails miserably on that front. Slightly embarrassing James Brown copy-cat songs aside (I'd just assume listen to "Big Payback" and "Sex Machine" again, thank you), it's hard to tell what Black Joe Lewis is trying to say most of the time, with his grunts, yelps and shouts, and when he sings, he's off-key far too often. Some of the songs even feel like they have first take vocal performances where he had no lyrics when stepping into the recording booth!
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