Album review: Don Cavalli, Temperamental (A Rag)

 

Sometimes unexpected combinations produce the most enjoyable results, as on this album from French swamp-funk genius Don Cavalli. Blessed with a psychedelic imagination and an earthy way with grooves, Cavalli sounds like Tony Joe White or JJ Cale transplanted to swinging '60s London, with electric sitar writhing through songs anchored by wah-wah guitar licks and backdropped by keening mellotron. Add in his latest oriental influence and the weirdly engaging result is both unique, and brilliant.

Download: Me and My Baby; The Greatest; Gonna Love You; Feel Not Welcome; You and My Zundapp

 

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