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Messing with the voodoo


Snowstorm in the Jungle
By Iko-Iko

Kingsnake Records: 1988

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This review first appeared in the March 25, 1988 issue of the San Diego Evening Tribune.

Taking their name from a Mardi Gras song, Iko-Iko's (rhymes with a double-shot of "psycho") debut album is an eclectic mix of Southern musical traditions.

"Don't Mess With the Voodoo" is a power-boogie reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynyrd or early Allman Brothers, while "Walking Through the Swamp" is a straight blues that borrows heavily from John Lee Hooker's phrasing style. And "Shoot the Bolt," an instrumental, is a slow shuffle similar to Little Feat's work. The best cut may be "Too High to Drive" – an accessible bit of Southern rock.

The Miami quartet features Bob Hemphill's inspired harmonica work and little-known but impassioned gutarist Nick Kane. Bassist Graham Wood Drout's vocals are limited in range, but the material is framed to his strengths.