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Simon Sweetman review – Dom Post 22/May/09

Ginger Brown is a lively trio promoting the sound of the Hammond organ, specifically the 1960s swirls. Carnival rhythms collide against one another as tunes fall in and out of rock, jazz and psychedelic-pop – and really, at times, it is very easy to imagine you are listening to Shaman-less version of The Doors. That’s not a bad thing, though, and transcending that obvious comparison, Ginger Brown has proved itself an live group. The album Who Scared Who is a short, sharp burst (less than half an hour long) of what the band does best. Boston Dance, in many ways the centrepiece of the album, demonstrates all that is good about the group: surf organ and circus guitar stabs mingling with a wild array of Carney-screams and a lively bit of drum – thunder. It’s very much in the vein of Alabama Song – The Doors, the organ being poked and prodded, the drums tap dancing behind the vocals but, even on record, Ginger Brown sounds like a group having fun. I definitely recommend seeing the group live.

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