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Deep Down & Dirty by The Ironweed Project

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Reviewed on 15th March 2009.


Deep Down & Dirty

By The Ironweed Project

I knew I recognised this guy's voice, the chocolate gravel of Aniff Akinola previously graced the acid-jazz stylings of Chapter & The Verse waaaay back in the day.

And here he is fronting The Ironweed Project, a Manchester based blues funk explosion that I'm sure will be sending some sound reverberations around the country pretty soon.

Nasty like the Black Keys can be, but with a pop sensibility underpinning it all in terms of structures and choruses, and even a sense of humour.

Akinola's ominous growl takes to the material like a Hillbilly to flatmeat, with his bass-heavy spoken sections only needing him to say "you got a purdy mouth" to complete the southern backwoods flavour.

Favourite bits are the car impression on 'Boom Boom Clap,' the abrasive slide sound on 'Down to My Grave,' and pretty much all of the not-particularly-original, but a lot of fun, 'Get a Little Dirty.'

The formula wanes a little by the weakest track 'Rising Sun,' but there's plenty to here to recommend, and certainly enough to indicate that the live hoedowns would be something to see.



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