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Album Review

Sass Jordan never sounded more focused, confident and inspired than she does on Rats, which is undeniably her finest album. Some of Jordan's '80s efforts didn't fully illustrate just how compelling a singer she can be, but that's no problem on Rats. This CD finds the whiskey-voiced Canadian doing what she does best: tough, gritty, no-nonsense rock & roll with soul/R&B overtones and a heavy dose of blues feeling. Although Jordan is very much her own person, there's no denying the strong influence Tina Turner has had on her singing — and Turner's influence serves Jordan impressively well on such gutsy, down-and-dirty offerings as "Ugly," "Damaged" and "Pissin' Down." If fact, this is the sort of rockin' album one wishes Turner would have recorded in 1994 (which isn't to say that the slick, glossy pop/rock and pop/R&B Turner provided in the 1990s wasn't enjoyable). With Jordan, Steve Salas and Nick Didia handling the production and studio ace Michael Wagener doing most of the mixing, all of the pieces fit together perfectly on Rats. This album was definitely Jordan's crowning achievement.

Customer Reviews

Close Your Eyes - Conjure Up Janis

I don't know whose voice more transubstantiates Janis Joplin, Sass Jordan or Joan Osbourne. Sass had a lot to do to best her fantabulous album "Racine" and I expected that feat to be impossible. "Rats" absolutely blew me away. Give me an iPod full of Sass Jordan and I can live happily ever after. P.S. Sass, please get back in the studio and give us another Racine/Rats type effort. I'll be first in line to shell out the $$ for it.


This is pick ya up throw ya outta my bed music!She was the first Canadian female singer with grit and confidence.This album is not for the faint of heart! The Best!

Now This is Rock!!

"Rats" ROCKS from top to bottom. Sass has a set of pipes that few in music can compare or woman. The band put together for this album is amazing. This is not straight forward power cord rock here. The band is able to create subtle nuances at the drop of a hat whether it be during a down turn in one of the rockers or if it is for an entire song for one of the slower tracks. The recording technique used for this album is the icing on the cake. It is a "live sound" recording and it shows off Sass's powerful voice and how tight the band really is.

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