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MSN Entertainment Critics Poll-Garland Jeffreys

2011 Critics Poll:  Best Songs

Garland Jeffreys – ”Til John Lee Hooker Calls Me’

Split votes and our critics’ eclecticism yield another welcome surprise in this track from “The King of In Between,” Garland Jeffreys’ stunning, triumphant return in his first U.S. release in nearly 20 years. The Brooklyn native still burns with undimmed rock energy while weaving an undisguised thread of mortality into songs that mirror his multi-ethnic identity through his command of rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, R&B and blues. Here, Jeffreys taps into a boogie that Hooker himself would recognize to present a righteous mission statement on rocking to the end.