The groove gear comes back, along with the ubiquitous audience friendly “Hey Hey Hey’s” in the next tune “Feels So Good.” And feel good it does, this song, perhaps more than any of the others, shares that Morphine DNA that makes nearly every song in this collection sound like a candidate for a good long workout in a live situation; a chance for the band to test the hip-shaking endurance of a crowd. “Turn Me Loose” dials down the tempo while turning up the intensity in a nearly Swamp-Rock stomper.
The title track “Give It Back To You” comes next, firmly lodged in the band’s funky wheelhouse of handclaps, groove-defining bass and juuuuust slightly behind the beat (on purpose) vocals. There is enough sonic room for everyone which, in the context of a trio, means plenty of room for inventive fills from the bass and the drummer but, thank God, not enough room for bass or drum solos. All three musicians combine to keep the engine of this song moving down the track.
The albums closes out with two tunes that drift further afield. “This Crooked City” showcases Vos’ falsetto vocals for a slow one that reminds me more of an Eagles ballad than anything else. Where you stand on The Eagles will determine your level of enjoyment of this one. The album closer, “In The Mood For You,” has the most Nuggets-esque vibe from the dirty guitar chords that dominate the song to the crackly vocals and of course, some “Yeah Yeah Yeah’s” for the audience to latch on to.
This trio, like the best of them, has the ability to focus its energy like a laser. All three musicians support each other while gladly submitting to the power of the groove they’re creating. That’s when magic happens. Three become one and take the listener on a ride worth taking.
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