David Bromberg: Use Me

Album review
David Bromberg: Use Me

David Bromberg

Use Me

Label: Appleseed
Media: CD
Genre: Rock/pop

The follow-up to 2007’s excellent acoustic folk and blues album Try Me One More Time finds singer and guitarist David Bromberg strapping on his vintage Telecaster and plugging into a pack of big-name buddies who provide musical accompaniment and vocal harmonies behind his sly wit and warbly spoken- sung vocals. The title track, featuring the Butcher Bros., is a cover of the Bill Withers 1972 R&B hit, with a lyrical sting that suits Bromberg’s penchant for playful misogyny. But the album kicks off with the project’s sole original, “Tongue,” a feisty blues shuffle featuring Levon Helm (who returns on a cover of “Bring It with You When You Come”). John Hiatt provides the guitar solo on Bromberg’s cover of his sentimental “Ride on Out a Ways”; Dr. John tickles the ivories on the wry “You Don’t Want to Make Me Mad”; and Bromberg gets funky on “Old Neighborhood,” backed by Widespread Panic. The countrified pairing with Nashville axeslinger Vince Gill on the driving “Lookout Mountain Girl” leaves you wanting for more in the same vein. Other guests include Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt, Keb’ Mo’, and Tim O’Brien. The soundstage is tight and intimate, creating a listening experience akin to sitting in on a dream club date. 

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  • primary artist, David Bromberg
  • CD

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