What Love Will Do
Label: Alligator Records
Los Angeles' Janiva Magness is sassy, sexy and, most of all, mouthy. But what really distinguishes her style from that of her fellow blues divas is taste. In addition to putting together a killer band (Michael "Junior" Watson is a beast on the guitar), Magness knows how to craft recordings that sound vintage but not overly retro. Every instrument on What Love Will Do is perfectly defined, from the punchy, Memphis-style horns and the funky organ runs to Magness' gutsy growls and erotic shrieks.