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Album Review: Wanda Jackson - The Party Ain't Over (Nonesuch)

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Album Review: Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over (Nonesuch)

If you think [b]Jack White[/b]’s given 73-year-old [a]Wanda Jackson[/a] a new lease of life, then think again; she’s been kicking up a hot fuss since she ditched that [a]Elvis[/a] fella in the mid-’50s. Tearing through a set of cross-generational standards – from the calypso croon of [b]‘Rum And Coca Cola’[/b] to outlaw country classic [b]‘Busted’[/b] and [a]Amy Winehouse[/a]’s raunch-fest [b]‘You Know I’m No Good’[/b], her distinctive squeak’n’growl vocals triumph over White’s unnecessarily embellished, frenetic production and glide across the giddy [b]‘Thunder On the Mountain’[/b]. When Jack finally reins it in on the stripped-back [b]‘Blue Yodel #6’[/b], it results in the record’s finest and purest moment.

[b]Leonie Cooper[/b]

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