All I Want is one deep recording, with Mooney delving musically deeper the closer he inches toward the closing track.
All I Want is one deep recording, with Mooney delving musically deeper the closer he inches toward the closing track. An original tune, "I Feel Like Hollerin," which arrives midway through the CD, brings together all the appealing elements of Mooney's blues sound—his affinity for what Dr. John lovingly terms "fonk"—his marvelous guitar chops, and his firm footing in the urgent rhythms of the Delta blues. The song generates a wicked buzz, and from that point Mooney works his way through "Tell Me Who," "Son's Blues," and the classic "You Got to Move." His slide guitar sings, Mooney knocks down some rugged vocals, and his backing musicians play it tight and right. The man is a throwback to the juke-joint days when every song was a gut-check and the prime rule of blues was rhythm and groove.—PVV