Review: George Thorogood and the Destroyers – The Dirty Dozen

Label: Capitol/EMI

Released: July 28, 2009

George Thorogood’s principle charm is that he plays the blues for people who aren’t really all that blue. In many ways, he’s a classic blues artist from his shuffling riffs to his beer-soaked voice, except, at his best…well, he’s kinda fun. Thorogood’s latest release, The Dirty Dozen, is at least sporadically successful in that way.

The album is grouped into sides as if it were on vinyl (and it is through his website). The first side is all new material. While it’s mostly made up of run-of-the-mill blues and rockabilly, two tracks, “Born Lover” and “Let Me Pass,” find Thorogood at his tongue-in-cheek, good-time best, making this a welcome addition for his diehard fans. The second “side” is made up of fan favorites, three of which were out-of-print in the US, but none of which is as exciting as one would expect of a “favorite.” Like the first side, these tracks may be of great interest to his serious fans, but offer little for the rest of us.

While the album does have a couple of standouts and no real bombs, it lacks the excitement of his best work. George Thorogood is still more of “greatest hits” artist and The Dirty Dozen merely contains a few more contenders for that kind of release.

Satriani: 7/10
Zappa: 6/10
Dylan: 5/10
Aretha: 6/10
Overall: 6/10


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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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