Picks and Pans Review: Blast from the Bayou

updated 06/05/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/05/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Wayne Toups & Zydecajun

Swamp thing, you make our hearts sing. Like that beguiling B-movie monster, this hand is a wild Louisiana mutant. Imagine Myron Floren combined with the Allman Brothers in their fiery prime. That's because Zydecajun boasts both the festive accordion playing of Toups and the searing electric guitar of Wade Richard. The result is very spicy cajun-flavored R & B that, at its best, will rock your socks.

You can tell this is a group plucked still wriggling from a bar background because of all the covers on this first album and the reverent way they treat such songs as Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey" and Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is." But when they delve into their own original tunes such as "Johnnie Can't Dance" and "Zydecajun Train," this group cooks with the sizzle and zest of a passel of crayfish on an open fire. (PolyGram)

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