Time to Burn

Time to Burn

Looking at the cover of Jake Andrews's debut, it's easy to dismiss him as yet another blues wunderkind of the sort that have emerged with increasing frequency in the 1990s. But pop in the CD and hit play, and immediately one realizes that Andrews is no wannabe. The title track, which opens the album, contains hints of Buddy Guy in its blues-rock riffs, and no wonder: Andrews appeared onstage with Guy when he was but 8 years old. And those guitar riffs, by turns crunchy and smooth, are what to listen for on <i>Time to Burn</i>; Andrews isn't merely technically skilled, but has the ability to set the tone for a song from the opening line. Weak moments are few and far between here, excused by a wealth of strong material that, along with surprisingly mature lyrics, indicates that Andrews is an artist to watch. <i>--Genevieve Williams</i>