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Another generally likable album from Saffire, Cleaning House contains plenty of the bold, sassy material (e.g., “Hungry Woman’s Blues,” “If Love Hurts, You’re Not Doing It Right,” “Tomorrow Ain’t Promised”) listeners have come to expect from the band that half seriously, half tongue-in-cheek, bills itself as the Uppity Blues Women. All three women take turns on lead vocals; Andra Faye McIntosh’s singing is particularly enjoyable. The 17-song acoustic set includes five originals from band member Gaye Adegbalola, three originals from bandmate Ann Rabson, and a spirited variety of songs written by old-timers like Memphis Minnie and contemporary songsmiths like Rick Estrin.
Ann Rabson: vocals, piano, guitar (2)
Gaye Adegbalola: vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion (1)
Andra Faye McIntosh: vocals, mandolin, fiddle, guitar (8, 10), bass
Steve Freud: lead electric guitar (9)