Matt’s 5 Favorite Albums of 2011 – #3 Wide Mouth Mason – No Bad Days

Here is number 3 of my 5 favorite albums of 2011…

WIDE MOUTH MASON

No Bad Days

In 2011, Wide Mouth Mason parted ways with their long-time bass player and were rewarded with Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar fame, who produced their 2000 album Stew. Since they seem to be on an upswing, both in musical output and popularity, it seems to have paid off.

On No Bad Days, the funky blues reigns supreme in songs drenched in distorted slide guitar and wandering bass riffs. Touring and drinking with ZZ Top seems to have dirtied up their unique blend of blues rock.

The sexy r&b of Shut Up and Kiss Me and Sweet Little Thing keeps things diverse and the last song on the album, The Night Fell, is a perfect two-part album closer. All three are quickly becoming some of my favorite Wide Mouth Mason tracks.

I’ve seen this band twice live, each time just before the drop of a new album. Both shows were of course heavy in new material, which can sometimes be a drag with some bands. Not with Wide Mouth Mason. The energy in everything they play keeps you bopping and focused on guitar-virtuoso Shaun Verreault waiting to see if his guitar is going to melt.

This was the only CD I had to buy this year. Why is this not available on vinyl? I’m still waiting patiently.

Stay tuned for #2

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