July 14, 1997 12:00 PM

The Boneshakers

There are plenty of bluesy touches to the Boneshakers’ music, most notably wailing guitar solos by Randy Jacobs and a singer—R&B vet Sweet Pea Atkinson—whose rugged voice can suggest an evening of cigarettes and cheap whiskey. Still, there’s a funky, vibrant bounce to much of the material on the duo’s debut disc—a little Philly soul here, some Muscle Shoals-style horns there—that paints Book of Spells a warmer color than traditional blues. Much of the credit goes to Atkinson, whose vocals have graced albums by Was (Not Was), Bonnie Raitt and Elton John. His voice warms the soul like the evening speaker at a downtown mission. (Pointblank)

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