Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa, Seesaw (Provogue)

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A second album of proxy "blues'n' soul", by the LA belter and the Guitarist Who's Always Available for Work.

It's an attempt to pay respects to the R&B canon with as many stops pulled out as poss, especially the diapason marked "drama". Thus, Etta, Billie and Ike & Tina get the big-welly treatment, as do Melody Gardot and Lucinda Williams. To do so, the duo often leave any sense of taste with their gumboots outside on the doorstep. Nick Coleman