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June 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Turn up ‘Shiver + Shake’ by My Goodness, and let it howl | New recordings

My Goodness, “Shiver + Shake” (Votiv Music LLC)

Go ahead and turn up the volume on this album and let it howl.

“Shiver + Shake,” the new, full-length album by Seattle duo My Goodness, is a gloriously raucous celebration of Seattle-style psychedelic blues-rock.

Produced by Rick Parashar, known for his work with Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Blind Melon, “Shiver + Shake” was recorded at Seattle’s London Bridge Studio. Singer, guitarist and percussionist Joel Schneider and drummer, percussionist and organist Andy Lum have created an album that recalls the sounds of such bands as The Raconteurs, The Black Keys and Soundgarden. But the music is all their own — taut, brawny, down-and-dirty rock ‘n’ roll with a roadhouse blues feel.

The album’s 13 tracks feature such hard-rocking songs as “C’mon Doll” (which has a live, kinetic sound), “Pay No Mind,” “Cold Feet Killer,” “Pay No Mind” and “Hangin’ On.” “Pay No Mind” asks the question, “What makes the soul of a man?” The answer seems to be gritty, soul-stirring music that’s hard to resist.

But the album also has some quieter, more reflective songs. “Bottle” is a raw yet beautiful love song, and “Lost in the Soul” is a delicate, infectious ballad that contrasts with the album’s harder tone.

You can add this duo to your bands-to-watch list. The momentum should continue to build with this powerful new album.

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