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
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