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ALBUM REVIEW: "No Fools, No Fun" 

Puss N Boots

"No Fools, No Fun"

Blue Note

Puss N Boots' album, "No Fools, No Fun," came across my desk and the New York Dolls fan in me squealed like a 9-year-old girl. But my red-patent leather remembrances ended abruptly there. What came out was a lilting, folky, lazy Saturday afternoon, with a three-part harmony lullaby sung by Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper. Coming from three somewhat disparate career directions, the overlap is awesome as each of the trio contributes original tunes amidst the heart-on-sleeve covers. There's a classic crackling campfire sensibility on the live tracks sprinkled throughout this 12-song album. Material by Wilco, Neil Young, The Band, Tom Paxton, and Jeb Loy Nichols, gets the trio's gentle treatment with little swerves toward country, and roots-rock without ever raising its voice. Reminds me a bit of Lone Justice without the drama. "No fools, No Fun" burns hot and cool.

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