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Joe Flood

Cripplin' Crutch – 2001 (Diesel Only)

Reviewed by Stuart Munro

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CDs by Joe Flood

Joe Flood's last appearance on Diesel Only was on the label's first rig rock compilation, where his "Hotel Albert"- a funky r&b number laced with horns and vibes - was completely unlike what surrounded it. On this second single-artist disc from the label, Flood puts forth a mix of roots and rock, with his own raspy singing and his playing supplemented by members of the New York alt.-country crowd, including Eric Ambel, Will Rigby, and ex- Five Chinese Brother Steve Antonakos.

The roots are put into the rock by Flood's mandolin and fiddle on songs such as "A Little Bird Told Me;" a tougher version of the same shows up on "I Don't Want To Tell You Again" and the extended metaphor "High Maintenance Woman." Flood adds in some blues ("Big Daddy Blues," "Automatic Monkey") and singer/songwriter fare ("Deep Sea Blue," "So The Story Goes") as well. There's a hint of Little Feat on "Niagara"- a clever comparison of a relationship to that tourist destination - while "All The Same To You" sounds like it was written (and sung) byJohn Hiatt. All in all, a varied yet cohesive-sounding release.