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Classic Album Review: Big Sugar | Brothers & Sisters, Are You Ready?

The Canadian blues-rocker & his band deliver another dependably enjoyable platter.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


I’ll say this for Big Sugar: They’re dependable. You always know what to expect from guitarist Gordie Johnson and co. — and their latest effort Brothers & Sisters, Are You Ready? is no exception.

Gordie still has the fuzziest guitars this side of a ZZ Top video. He still has a knack for writing sizzling blues-rock licks. He still knows how to work that wah-wah. He still likes to tinker with a wide variety of styles from reggae and dub to Memphis soul, all of which (especially the reggae) surface in these 13 cuts. And his band can still burn like a house on fire, negotiating the funky twists and turns of Johnson’s songs with precision and flair. No, there really are no big surprises on Brothers & Sisters. Then again, who really likes surprises?