I’m not entirely sure that I’d expect this in an Omaha diner, but Omaha Diner does a spirited revamping of pop classics like “Another One Bites the Dust” and “War” as well as newer pop ditties like “Thrift Shop” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” with a result that is as much ska band during rehearsal as it is a klezmer outfit on acid. Serves me right for trolling the internet for new music.
The newer songs are certainly performed in a spirited manner, but it’s the older songs that get a better treatment and that could be because I can’t really see these dudes walking into their local record store and making demands for the newest craze the kids are into. Case in point is their rendition of “Love Train.”
There’s plenty of musicianship at play here, evident by the notable roster of artists this quartet has worked with but the overall vibe is more in tune with the existence of Booker T and the M.G.’s as it really seems like a bunch of session guys shooting the shit and having fun. Which is great. We like fun. We also like the varied incarnations of some of these songs.
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