Knackebrod Blues

Louise Hoffsten. Memphis International.

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.


This passionate album testifies to the universality of the blues. Sweden’s answer to Bonnie
Raitt—don’t laugh, she’s damn good—Hoffsten tackles tunes from the likes of Muddy
Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Bobby “Blue” Bland but sings like she wrote them herself, unleashing
unvarnished lust, anger, and regret. From the feverish haze of “Baby, Don’t You Tear My Clothes”
to the swaggering “I Pity the Fool” to the rockin’ “Slow Down,” Hoffsten is all business, zeroing
in on the simple eloquence of the lyrics rather than showing off with her vocals. Her strong backing
trio features guitarist Staffan Astner, whose thrilling, Hendrix-inspired licks on “It Serves
You Right to Suffer” are enough to make you wonder if Jimi didn’t have a little Norse god in him.

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate