Rosie Ledet
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Pick It Up
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Little did Rosie Ledet foresee what lay in store when she began noodling on her husband Morris' accordion to kill a few idle daytime hours. That was more than a dozen years ago and since then, the Louisiana siren has represented the rare female voice in a male-dominated genre which hasn't changed much over the years. Her eighth CD doesn't conquer any new territory, either and any advances made are subtle ones. If anything puts these 12 tracks on the radar, it's the Viagara-themed title song where she playfully banters with her rubboard-scrapping father-in-law Poppi about why he takes those little blue pills. "To pick it up," he replies, but truthfully, the punch line drops too quickly and deserves much more of a set-up. Ledet's vocal inflections continue to make strides as heard on the haunting, minor key ode "I Love Louisiana," but her songs still follow the same familiar themes of love, sensuality and dance. While it works as a solid dance record, some songs ("Chasing After Rainbows") feel somewhat rushed and cruise too easily without breaking into any sweat. The oft-covered Fernest Arceneaux classic "Zydeco Boogaloo" is a bright spot with Rosie calling out solos from Poppi, propulsive bassist Chuck Bush, hard-hitting drummer/nephew Lukey Ledet, and guitarist Kevin Cormier. But it's the last three tracks that have the fire that's needed, especially "It's Your Birthday" with Cormier's scorching solo. The funky-vibed "Work That Body" and "Dance That Zydeco" are just the ticket to keep the dancin' masses gyrating, bumpin' and grindin'away. Pick It Up finally does, but don't those blue little pills work faster? - Dan Willging

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