One Track Mind: Dave Stewart featuring Orianthi, "Girl in a Catsuit" (2012)

There is a droning, strangely intoxicating groove to this song, like a reckless combining of a two-on-the-tongue night of acid and some grease-popping north Mississippi blues.

Dave Stewart retraces the lyric on “Girl in a Catsuit,” verse by verse, with all of the insistence of a shotgun’s report — repeating them like mantras, but dirtier, hungrier, with a carnal desire for this woman that guys like Howlin’ Wolf would have appreciated — until Orianthi bursts into the song like a thunderclap of nervy fission.

From there, “Girl in a Catsuit” becomes a meltdown of pent-up need, eruptive guitar, ass-shaking howls and almost cataclysmic drum fills. But not before Stewart, even as the track hurtles toward its molten end, makes one last, frank admission: “You’ve never tried to pin me down; I wish you would someday.”

That’s kind of the magic of Stewart, though, from his days of crafting brilliant synth-soul with the Eurythmics into an unjustly overlooked solo career that’s been as varied as it has been intriguing.

You won’t get any closer to pinning Dave Stewart down on “Girl in a Catsuit,” either.

“Girl in a Catsuit,” featuring the smoking-hot Australian-born guitarist Orianthi (Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson, Carrie Underwood), is one of several duets featured on Dave Stewart’s newest album, ‘The Ringmaster General.’ Due September 4, 2012 in the U.S. and September 3 in Europe via Weapons of Mass Entertainment/Surfdog, this Nashville-based project also includes guest turns by Alison Krauss, Diane Birch and Joss Stone. Stewart recorded 2011’s The Blackbird Diaries in Nashville too, at John McBride’s Blackbird Studios.

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Nick DeRiso

Over a 30-year career, Nick DeRiso has also explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz, Ultimate Classic Rock and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.
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