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Album Review

The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group successfully updates the garden-pop sound of early Everything But the Girl and Aztec Camera on the wonderful Sniff. The vocal tandem of Ruiz and wife Stephanie together suggests a pairing between Chet Baker and Astrud Gilberto, complete with airy guitar textures and light bossa nova beats. The west coast jazz influence extends to "Bigfoot (I Remember Wes)," a tribute to Wes Montgomery, while a cameo appearance from French indie-pop star Katerine further underscores the album's cosmopolitan leanings. Suave and sophisticated, Sniff is that rare indie-pop album that's much more than the sum of its influences.

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underwhelming

i was disappointed by this album after loving their Oh Brother Where Art Thou? album so much. there's just nothing happening here, so don't waste your time. grab oh brother, some esquivel, combustible edison, some pink martini and your cocktail party will be just fine.

Ignore prior review

Its very nearly as good as the first, which is to say outstanding.

Biography

Formed: 1992

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Drawing on a vast tapestry of influences spanning from pop to soul to new wave to bossa nova, the Legendary Jim Ruiz Group was led by the self-same singer/guitarist Ruiz in tandem with his wife Stephanie. Debuting in 1995 with Oh,...
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