Last year's live album was a sobering reminder that Blues Traveler is
still prone to jamming until it hurts ... the listener, that is. Thank
goodness the group's sixth album picks up where its last studio effort
left off - with more concise songs and less empty virtuosity.
Diehards needn't worry: The blues 'n' boogie influences are still
prominent and John Popper's slithering harmonica solos remain at the
forefront. Although there's nothing here as infectious as the band's 1994
blockbuster hit "Run-Around", a few songs come close: "Carolina Blues",
with its down-and-dirty, Chicago-blues riff; and the folky "Canadian
Rose", which sounds like a Cat Stevens song and contains the unusual
love-song chorus: "And she called me her ugly American/And I would call
her my Canadian flower."