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Blues Traveler
Straight On Till Morning
by Mike Ross
Edmonton Sun, Edmonton, ALB
Jul 5th, 1997

First they were amazing. Then they were distinctive. And now they've become as annoying as cats in heat.

I'm talking about singer John Popper's fleet-lipped harmonica solos - the trademark of Blues Traveler, the New York groove band that's been treading the same ground so much that they've carved a rut.

The band's sixth album features the same funky grooves, bluesy attitude and romantic sentiments the band has always relied on. When it's not precious - which isn't often - it's actually quite soulful in places. And then Popper has to blow it - literally - with yet another harp solo.

The formula's worked up to now. The band sold six million copies of its last record, four - but I think it's only a matter of time until Blues Traveler goes the way of the Spin Doctors.