Hugh “Bluesman” Laurie.

 I’m sure blues purists and music critics cringe at the very idea of a British actor doing a blues album but as I am, thankfully, neither of those things, I can permit myself to enjoy whatever I like. I bought this album at Starbucks (yes, I know… I succumbed again to the point-of-sale marketing efforts of the evil empire. So sue me.) because, well, frankly, I enjoy all things Hugh Laurie. And I wasn’t disappointed.

As Laurie himself says in the liner notes: “You don’t buy fish from a dentist, or ask a plumber for financial advice, so why listen to an actor’s music?” He goes on to say: “The answer is–there is no answer.”

Well, I’ve got an answer: because it’s weird and wonderful. It’s Hugh Laurie.

Gordon W. Dale is the author of the novel  Fool’s Republic (North Atlantic Books).
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