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Classic Album Review: Keb’ Mo’ | Keep It Simple

The blues singer-songwriter practises what he preaches on his sixth studio album.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


“You don’t need no fancy tricks,” says bluesman Keb’ Mo’ — and he ain’t kidding.

On his sixth CD Keep it Simple, singer-guitarist Kevin Moore practises what he preaches, offering up more of his unpretentious contemporary blues and back-porch folk. With his warm voice, breezy delivery and National Steel guitar work, mellow-fellow Mo’ clearly takes his cues from Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder and J.J. Cale, though old masters like Robert Johnson and Son House are also obvious touchstones. If Keb’ Mo’ has one fault, it’s that his music lacks bite and distinction; while these dozen cuts are pleasant enough, by the end you may wish he cared more about keeping it interesting than keeping it simple.