(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
Nathan Williams' 1997 album was a live, career-summarizing testament next to which this fourteen-cut, all-new collection can't help feeling anti-climactic. Not that all of it does--the non-stop title cut is more hurricane than second wind, "Everything Happens for the Best" spotlights one of Williams' more sensitive vocals, and, for anyone who might still be in the dark, "Hard Times" is the thirty-six-year-old Williams' autobiography. Possible indicator of things to come: "Stay Out All Night" and "Zydeco Is All I Know," both of which feature the Iguana's Derek Huston on sax and suggest that no matter what Williams says, zydeco is hardly all he knows. Rating: Three-and-a-half et toi's out of five.