Jack Rabbit Slim


March 25, 2004

College band Jack Rabbit Slim played catchy funk Thursday night at Tips. They stole the idea of nastiness from The Meters and the idea of moving melodies from Stevie Wonder, but they stole well.

The band kicked out piano-fueled romps, slow groovemasters, and Southern folk ballads. Their advanced songwriting ability surprised me, and they had an ability to mix pop elements and masculine tendencies in a proper way.

With a little more confidence, the singer and his band could have turned the sizeable crowd into an uninhibited dancing group. Unfortunately, the songs would have been more powerful if their soft and heavy contrast was more evident. Still, these guys have got it, so here's to their future.

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