Boomkat Product Review:
Snakefarm is a band formed around Anna Domino (very possibly not her real name) and Michel Delory, who for this album (originally released in 1999, although it could easily pass for ten years older than that) set about a series of glossy, unjustifiably funky interpretations of American standards and folk/blues classics. It's a very mixed selection, boasting versions of 'John Henry', 'Frankie And Johnny', 'Banks Of The Ohio', and 'House Of The Rising Sun' amongst others. There have been so many covers of a song like 'John Henry' over the years, and Snakefarm's slinky '80s-ish MOR shuffle is stranger than most. On the other hand 'Black Girl' (an alternate title for the well-known American folk song 'In the Pines') starts out promisingly enough but within a couple of minutes plunges itself into an outdated, over-produced quasi-trip hop missive. All very odd.