Picks and Pans Review: Four Chords and Several Years Ago
Huey Lewis and the News were an industrious, better-than-average bar band when they hit a lucky" streak in the mid-'80s, racking up punchy hits like "I Want a New Drug" and "The Heart of Rock & Roll." Missing in action for the past several years, the group has returned with covers of their favorite oldies.
Such "back-to-our-roots" albums are generally water-treading maneuvers from artists temporarily bereft of inspiration, but Four Chords is the rare—and welcome—exception. Lewis and the News may be recharging their batteries with these renditions of mostly familiar '50s and '60s rock and R&B classics (Fats Domino's "Blue Monday," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl"), but they plow through everything with such down-and-dirty fervor you can't help but grin and groove along. If you've been missing street corner harmonies, blaring saxes and greasy harmonica playing, Four Chords is just the fix you've been pining for. Even if it's not, you'll have a good lime. (Elektra)