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Lynn Drury Sugar on the Floor 

Lynn Drury

Sugar on the Floor

(Threadhead)

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Lynn Drury's Sugar On The Floor brings back the best of the mid-1970s, when singer/songwriters created some great rock 'n' roll. Most of the songs on the album have a country twinge that complements Drury's vocals and melodies without distracting from them. Guitarist Tommy Malone contributes great understated leads on "Butterfly" and "Can't Hold On." Drummer Carlo Nuccio plays with just the right emphasis and tempo to let Drury's lyrics shine. Her voice comes across strong where it needs to and with a certain resignation and weariness appropriate to some songs' more troubled stories. The best tracks feature unvarnished tales of New Orleans nightlife. Songs like "City Life" (with its great refrain "Messed up is better than pretty") and "Frenchmen Street" (where, according to Drury, "All is forgiven") are anthemic in their spot-on portrayal of late-night antics in local bars. Some tunes are lighthearted, but Drury also writes about the darker side of those habitués, as in the menacing tone of "You've Got A Way," "Never Wanna Be Like You" and the deceptive horn-accented reggae of "Chemical Road," which could also work as a metaphor for the way Louisiana depends on the industries of Cancer Alley, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, while people residing near the plants suffer the consequences. Or not. But that is what gives the songs staying power. They are catchy and accessible enough to sing along to but leave enough room in the lyrics for the listener to devolop their own interpretation. — Kunian

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