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Candye Kane
The Toughest Girl Alive

Calling herself and her new album The Toughest Girl Alive (Rounder Records) might be overstating things a bit, but I wouldn't want to be the one to say this to Candye Kane's face. She is a big woman—big in stature, big in attitude. And she comes out swinging with the title track. "Don't push my buttons or you'll agree / I can leave a path of misery." Who am I to argue?


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The Toughest Girl Alive

Let's Commit Adultery
She Was My Baby Last Night
One More Love
To See A Grown Man Cry

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Candye Kane certainly has the chops to back such a bold proclamation. While she favors a big band uptown blues sound, all boogie-woogie piano (provided on a few tracks by Louisiana?Austin master Marcia Call) and biting guitar solos, she covers an impressive amount of ground on her newest album. There's gospel ("One More Day (Without your Love)"), smooth jazz ("Highway of Tears"), and deep soul ("Didn't We?"), all anchored by Candye's robust singing. The production is fine and the band swings and rocks.

What truly makes Candye a remarkable performer is her take-no-prisoners sass. She definitely puts a thoroughly modern spin on the proceedings that is downright hilarious at times. "(Hey Mister!) She was My Baby Last Night" is taunting call to hipsters who think they've got it going on while not really having a clue. "Let's Commit Adultery" is, well, self-evident.

You get the feeling that Candye Kane would be incredibly entertaining during a live show. Just don't point me out in the crowd.

Christian Puffer

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