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The Claudettes, No Hotel (Yellow Dog Records)
CD Reviews: September 17, 2015

09/17/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The Claudettes, No Hotel (Yellow Dog Records) 

Before this full-length album, this Chicago duo — named after a crazy Korean pseudo-manager lady who preferred to get them gigs at Blockbuster Video and Staples stores — was a Ray Charles reimagining of White Stripes, with past Otis Rush pianist Johnny Iguana hammering his keys and big-paycheck session guy Michael Caskey going nuts on a relatively sparse drum kit. The first six tunes on this record cover that setup, and then out comes their newly acquired secret weapon, mononymed singer Yana, a sexy-torchy chick with the fashion sense of True Blood’s LaFayatte, who’s upped their earning potential tenfold (she was a tenant in a building Claudette owned).  Yana’s no Ella, but they get the most out of her with the help of just the right amount of reverb, not to mention a nice megaphone-patch on “She’s So Imaginary.” If you like your set-it-and-forget-it feel-good stuff to be loud but accessible, it doesn’t get much better. A Eric W. Saeger
 





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