Picks and Pans Review: Enlightened Rogues
Allman Brothers Band
The album title comes from Duane Allman's nickname for the group, but, sadly, it might just as well have been called Stuck Inside of Macon with the Late-'70s Blues Again. There is a static ring to this reunion, for Gregg's singing now lacks intensity, pitch and clarity. To be sure, the Allman Brothers' signatures—the shuffling, pounding two-drum rhythms, the slow, traditional blues whine—haven't changed. Dickey Betts, who wrote or co-wrote six of the eight tunes, plays a lyrical guitar as elegantly as ever. He's joined on guitar by Dan Toler, his partner from his own fine band, Great Southern. Dickey's slow Sail Away offers a rare moment of emotion (with nice harmonizing by Mimi Hart). Allman sings "I just can't believe it's time for leavin' " in the album's only really stimulating cut, Try It One More Time. The line seems to apply to the members of a band who would better show themselves to be enlightened rogues by going off on their own.
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