Brian Setzer was way too smart to place all his eggs in the swing basket, maintaining a cozy acquaintance with surf and rockabilly even when the horns were blowing hardest. On Vavoom!, those elements are cranked up a full notch and the ducktailed scrapper loses none of his edge in the process.
But while Setzer is a tremendous guitarist, unafraid of bending rules, a few of his risks patently fail, chief among them adding words to the Glenn Miller relic In The Mood. And the world is waiting for many things, but another cover of Mack The Knife isn't one of them. A copy of Dirty Boogie and tickets to an upcoming Setzer show are all that anyone needs. KH