Little Feat, which first recorded in 1971, had the good sense to lie low for a decade after the death of wacky demigenius Lowell George, the band’s leader and chief songwriter, in 1979. But with their three albums since their reunion, Little Feat have shown themselves to be little more than a relatively proficient party band. Shake Me Up is sparked by guest vocals from belter Shaun Murphy, who takes the first few songs (”Spider’s Blues,” ”Things Happen”) beyond the lackadaisical. But every other cut is indistinct; there’s no songwriting here, and the Feat’s soulful musical gumbo is now just garden-variety boogie. C+
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