(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )
Music from the Zydeco Kingdom
If this album comes closer than any other to functioning as the perfect zydeco anthology, it also proves why assembling the perfect zydeco anthology is a self-defeating task: One song apiece by the likes of Nathan Williams and Boozoo Chavis is too few, yet two or more would both throw off the balance and render the two tracks allotted to Clifton Chenier a number unfit for a king. Still, from Amédé Ardoin's opening cut to Chris Ardoin's closing one, this album never quits, and, if any non-performer knows zydeco, it's compiler Michael Tisserand, to whose excellent book The Kingdom of Zydeco (now in paperback) this serves as an enjoyable soundtrack. Rating: Four-and-a-half boudin balls out of five.