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Classic Album Review: Boz Scaggs | Dig

Despite help from some members of Toto, the veteran soul man comes up short.

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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):

 


Sure, you could take the title of pop soulman Boz ScaggsDig in the old hippie sense. But frankly, I prefer to think of it in an archeological sense.

Not only is Boz himself something of an artifact from the ’70s, but on this, his first disc of new original material in seven years, he reunites with old hands like David Paich and Steve Lukather, the Toto members who backed him on his 1976 artistic and commercial triumph Silk Degrees. A quarter-century later, though, that Lido Shuffle lightning is long gone from the bottle. These 11 songs are a subpar set of syrupy, smooth-groove ballads and FM lite-funk fare apparently designed to provide the path of least resistance for Scaggs’ blue-eyed soul vocals. Aside from two decidedly weird-ass moments — the chilly electro-blues of King of El Paso and the distorto-rap of Get On The Natch (which sounds like, believe it or not, the Butthole SurfersGibby Haynes) — Dig comes up empty.