Album: The Soul Rebels Brass Band, Unlock Your Mind (Decca)


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New Orleans brass bands have a reputation for energetic live shows that's not always transferable to record.

The Soul Rebels, a tuba-powered, hip-hop-influenced crew who rocked the joint at festivals last summer, open with the soul-belter "504", an exhortation to dancers that still works in the living-room. Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" follows, capably, and after 17 tracks, it's all pretty good, but you want to see them live more than replay the album, though "504" needs downloading.