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Shaun Young

Wiggle Walk – 2005 (Goofin')

Reviewed by Ken Burke

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Many modern day rockabillies are content to play hard and fast until the listener can't tell one echo-laden bass-slappin' shuffle from another. Not Shaun Young, among the few independent label bop-cats who actually makes records with distinctive flair and diversity.

Aided by lead guitarist/producer Bobby Horton, the former High Noon singer's second solo album recasts the sounds of Jimmie Longsdon ("Rocket in My Pocket"), Jody Reynolds ("The Fire of Love"), Billy Fury ("My Advice") and Groovy Joe Poovey ("Movin' Around") into smart hillbilly rock. Although Young verges on parody with aural homages to Elvis Presley ("I've Found What I Was Looking For") and Buddy Holly & the Crickets ("When You're in Love"), his penchant for blues la Little Walter ("Nobody But You" with Nick Curran) writhes with authenticity.

Young's shuddery, quasi-erotic vocal technique is used to great effect on Gene Vincent hot rod rockers ("One-Two-Three Carburetors") and Jack Scott pop-noir numbers ("She's Got What I Want"). But both singer and band - featuring the brilliant T Jarrod Bonta on piano - are at their best seductively grinding through two early-'60's type rockers ("Wiggle Walk," "The List"). Boasting hook-filled grooves galore, this set exemplifies what this genre sounds like when it's done right.