RL BURNSIDE - A BOTHERED MIND, 2004 - 8.6

A Bothered Mind, RL Burnside’s 2004 release on Fat Possum Records, pleasantly succeeds in bringing even the casual blues fan a truly knockout listening experience. Unlike his earlier, more traditional blues albums, this one has a certain tinge to it that can only be attributed to the use of electronic instrumentation. Burnside carries the blues torch into the 21st century with an thirteen track record rich in blues and american roots, with a little help from some modern and culturally relevant lyricism.

Case in point - ‘My Name is Robert, Too’ feels more like a hip hop tune than anything. Alongside a heavy piano riff, Burnside features Kid Rock (which actually makes for some pretty good trivia, as Kid Rock’s given name is also Robert). Tracks ‘Goin Down South’ and ‘Someday Baby feature rapper, Lyrics Born. Sure, there are moments that feel experimental and slightly perverse, though at the core, the album’s emotional undercurrent is far from diluted.