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The Eminent Stars | Bumpin’ On

Dig an album of Dutch treats from Amsterdam's coolest NOLA-inspired R&B outfit.

WHO ARE THEY? An old-school R&B and southern soul combo who sound like they’re from New Orleans — but actually hail from Amsterdam (and have a drummer named Toon Oomen to prove it).

WHAT IS THIS? Their sophomore studio set and the followup to 2014’s equally retro-tastic Sittin’ In.

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? A slightly less theatrical Joe Cocker (or a smoother Southside Johnny Lyons, depending on the song) fronting The Dap-Kings (complete with horn section) in a New Orleans bar that doesn’t admit tourists.


HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? On a mixtape with Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Freddie King, The Meters and other Crescent City heroes.

WHAT 10 WORDS SUM IT UP? Vintage, authentic, infectious, fun, upbeat, groovy, lively, smoky, funky, soulful.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? Jukebox classics like Just One Taste, On the 5, Bar Shift and Big Easy Dreams.

WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS SAY? ‘Well, it’s certainly cheaper than a trip to New Orleans — and without all the panhandlers, grifters and thieves.’

HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO IT? At the very least, it should get a spin or two around Mardi Gras.

IF THIS ALBUM WERE A STAGE SHOW, WHAT WOULD IT INCLUDE? Matching blue-velvet tuxedos and synchronized dance moves.

SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL IT? How many chances do you get to own an album featuring a drummer named Toon Oomen?

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