Bang Bang Boom Boom

While not requisite reading, Beth Hart’s bio complements this record nicely, helping to explain the heft of the lyrics and gutsy jumps from brassy jazz to broken-down blues to chest-thumping soul. Taken out of context, these songs suggest an Americana Adele or Amy Winehouse, but Hart has earned her Billie Holiday affectations and bold stylistic leaps. A would-be star who squandered her shot in the ’90s, when drugs and alcohol cost her a record deal, Hart is several albums into a redemption story European audiences have already latched onto. She’s riotous on the retro-flavored title track, but it’s the rootsy, less gimmicky jams that reveal why folks like Jeff Beck have sung her praises.


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