Acoustic Ladyland - Living With A Tiger (3 stars)

Acoustic Ladyland - Living With A Tiger

(Strong & Wrong)

Acoustic Ladyland announced itself as something other than a jazz outfit with the release of its 2001 debut album inspired by the songs of Jimi Hendrix. The punk jazz label subsequently attached to the band confirmed founding members Pete Wareham (sax) and Seb Rochford (drums) were even more determined to break musical boundaries than they were with their other genre-busting group, Polar Bear. Ably assisted by now established members Ruth Goller (bass) and Chris Sharkey (guitar), Ladyland’s fourth album announces its departure from anything like straight jazz with ten tight tracks that blister with a wild sound reminiscent of 80s American alternative acts such as Romeo Void, Morphine and The Lounge Lizards.

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