Omar and the Howlers The Screamin' Cat

Just as ZZ Top did in the late '70s and early '80s, Kent "Omar" Dykes has finally decided to go the high-tech pop route to systemise his sounds a little. With his highly recognisable growling voice, which is a little similar to that of the late Wolfman Jack, Omar and his band alternate between authentic Texan and Mississippi blues, with the aforementioned dash of commendable modernity, along with a Stevie Ray Vaughan shuffle, for whom the band opened for many a time in concert. Despite the use of technology, the roots are still highly evident, and if anything, enhance the overall disc with a very surreal edge. (Provogue)