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Album Review: John the Conqueror’s “The Good Life”
Last updated: 02/25/2014
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unnamed-2-300x300In order to title a record "The Good Life", you better make sure you're conjuring up some killer tunes. These guys do. On their sophomore album, these Philly-transplants have yet to lose their Mississippi roots. Pay attention, NOLA Jazz Fest, your crowd loves this kinda shit.

These ten tracks explore a blues catalogue where hedonism, whiskey and women become focal points. They highlight the roadhouses and honky tonks they first learned to cut their teeth on ("Mississippi Drinkin'") as well as the influences that have been turning them on for decades. "Road to Bayport" opens with a nod to Jimi Hendrix while "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield" breathes new life into Randy Newman's original number. But perhaps what impresses most is the fiery "Daddy's Little Girl", a track tailor-made for Janis Joplin. A bluesman inside and out, frontman Pierre Moore pens a song with integrity and honesty, making it seem as though his experiences are ours, too. Sinewy guitars and a driving rhythm know just how to seduce, making "The Good Life" a record you will find yourself coming back to more than once. With an insatiable interest in the blues, John the Conqueror have plenty of fuel to burn.

 

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Melissa Caruso

Melissa Caruso

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Melissa is a music journalist in New York City, having appeared in Elmore Magazine, Pork Mead Magazine, Elvis.com and FeastofMusic.com. She also serves as a creative writing and SAT teacher to high school students throughout New York City. Loves black coffee, Neil Young and anything written by Ray Bradbury.
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