Southside Cindy & the Slip-Tones give the blues a sexy edge
Reviewed by Carson James
Southside Cindy & the Slip-Tones/Mighty Mighty
The false impression of the blues that people who aren’t familiar with the genre is that it is mainly old black men wailing with drunken woe. None of them would probably ever imagine the blues being sexy. Well, that is indeed what we have here with Southside Cindy & the Slip-Tones. Whether they intend to or not, this is a band that radiates sex. You can hear it in Cindy Youngren’s sultry vocal delivery; husky and brimming with palpable passion, an album’s worth of it can leave you in a sweat. If you don’t believe me, listen to “Milkman” and hear how Youngren’s sensual voice melts into the lusty guitar playing. Or how her powerhouse soulfulness in “He’s Got My Love” lights up the funky wah-wah riffs. Postively smoking.
However, it’s not all about the pleasures of the flesh. “I’ll See You Again” is a moving tale of death with poignant piano and some of Youngren’s most melancholy yet uplifting singing; it might leave some of you in tears. Youngren and her band have developed an intense, keenly felt chemistry that gives Mighty Mighty a fiery, breathtaking edge.