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Volume 65, Issue 27


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Kim Lenz and the Jaguars swing with a sound straight from the '50s


The One and Only

Kim Lenz and the Jaguars
Hightone Records
32: 36
14 tracks

Grade: C


By Chris Stelmak
Daily Cougar Staff 

Hey, kids -- do you like swing and rockabilly music? Well, lately it's the hip thing, and not surprisingly, it seems everyone is hopping on the bandwagon.

Kim Lenz and the Jaguars are no exception. The band has enjoyed a quick rise to prominence -- the group was formed in 1996, and in just three years it was signed to Hightone Records and released its debut, The One and Only.

The group's music ends up coming off as a sort of foot-tappin' rockabilly style with a lot of swing mixed in. Unfortunately, it's nothing remarkable.

The Jaguars provide backup with a sound that will take you back to the '50s. The stand-up bass and acoustic guitar make The One and Only sound like it has been pulled out of a time capsule.

Lenz is the force behind the band. The full-voiced redhead belts out her vocals with a powerful flare. Lenz is what has taken the band the distance, and the rough twang to her voice pulls the music the extra mile.

Unlike most swing or rockabilly bands of the '90s, Kim Lenz and the Jaguars are keeping closer to the origins of the music.

However, while the band is probably a good one to see live, it seems like there is little reason to buy the album. Why buy an album that doesn't change up the original style very much? There were tons of bands in the '50s that perfected the rockabilly style, but the Jaguars fall short of the genre's past glory.

Kim Lenz and the Jaguars' music will undoubtedly make you want to shake your booty, but it seems to run into trouble conveying its message and energy onto an album. The band's sound isn't outstanding, but also isn't terrible, but The One and Only definitely leaves a little more to be desired.

The One and Only is in stores now.
 

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