Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey - Gorilla Rose
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Little surprise that Kid Congo Powers should kick off an album that sounds like it belongs somewhere at a garage Frug session, a just-south-of-the-border bar in the 1960s with Jack Nitzsche trying to make a horn section do something it wouldn't normally do - and even less surprise that Kid Congo wouldn't have it any other way. With the sleazed-up skronk and shake of "Bo Bo Boogaloo" kicking things off, Gorilla Rose finds Powers and company, including new bandmember/multi-instrumentalist Jesse Roberts, enjoying themselves to the full, as if that era not only never died but neither did any of the people in it -- and who could go against such a fine wish? Hearing Powers intone various celebrations of things like black leather and bad habits on "Goldin Browne" as R&B grooves and sneering guitar kick along is great, as is his glammed-up Bukowski scenario on "Flypaper."