Junior Kimbrough – Most Things Haven’t Worked Out


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Release Date:  1997

Label:  Fat Possum Records


Track List

1 Lonesome Road 3:38
2 I’m In Love 8:39
3 Everywhere I Go 4:50
4 Burn In Hell 7:44
5 Most Things Haven’t Worked Out 6:07
6 Leave Her Alone 7:26
7 I Love Ya Baby 6:52
8 I’m Leaving You Baby 3:28



Bass Guitar – Gary Burnside
Drums – Kenny Malone
Guitar [Second] – Kenny Brown
Guitar, Vocals – Junior Kimbrough



With three of the tracks recorded directly from Junior Kimbrough’s Juke Joint, the sound here is absolutely raw;  it’s a perfect evocation of live performance. Indeed, half the fascination in Kimbrough’s works are the strange harmonics, “off” notes, and just sheer noise that gives a murky depth to his repetitive looping around a song’s tonic note. Even the lyrics are often buried beneath layers of blues grunge, but it hardly matters — the whole album qualifies as a liminal, half-waking Mississippi dream. Highlights include the hypnotic “I’m in Love,” and the stomping “Burn in Hell,” which Kimbrough introduces by ribbing a bandmate: “If I die before you, I go before you, I’m gonna be there to open the door — come on in, brother!” With less than a year left to live, Kimbrough could still laugh at eternity.

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