Guy on the acoustic guitar is, to say the least, simple, singular, and great. When you listen to him live or on disc, it's like taking a musicology course: Guy's fingers can channel whoever he wants and show you how each one's style either emerges from or generates the others. So on tracks such as Willie Dixon's "I Love the Life I Live" or John Lee Hooker's "Black Cat Blues," you hear Guy's playing edge backward to touch a Dixon bass line or a Hooker boogie lead.
It's Guy's voice, however, that really captures our attention on this disc. Here, he sings like a bright new sling-blade -- shiny, sharp, and echoing in high falsetto on Skip James's "Hard Time on the Killing Floor," then mad-mean on "Crawlin' Kingsnake" and "Sally Mae." Guy's instrumental mastery and great voice make him always worth listening to.
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