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

She’s still kicking up a hot fuss

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

Leonie Cooper

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8 / 10

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