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  Mama’s Express b/wCan’t Afford Me by Mama Kaz

Mama’s Express b/wCan’t Afford Me cover art

Artist: Mama Kaz
Title: Mama’s Express b/wCan’t Afford Me
Catalogue Number: No catalogue number
Review Format: MP3
Release Year: 2012

Worry not for that seventies blues rock sound is alive and well and currently resident in Northern Ireland. In something of a frozen in time moment, Mama Kaz unleash the kind of blue collar riff fest that probably still fills pubs and clubs throughout their native Belfast.

Some might see that as a bad thing but I think it is actually refreshing to find a singer – and songs – devoid of pretension. Mama Kaz herself belts out “Mama’s Express” like she had just finished a singing lesson with Janis Joplin. She goes large, she goes assertive and she goes all deep and emotional in this rock of ages mini epic and takes it right through to the end.

By comparison, “Can’t Afford Me” runs out of steam a fair distance before the end of the line with that feeling of over familiarity dragging your attention away from that voice.

These songs are based served with beer. You know it makes sense.

Review Date: August 19, 2012