This album is the freshest and most dedicated I’ve heard him in ages. His voice, that candy and soulful instrument, is evident and highly effective and the manufacturing, courtesy of Steve Jordan, has an actual punch and grunt to it. From the opening notes of ‘Anything You Want’ to the final notes of Ashford/Chandler’s ‘Do It’ this can be a sensible basic Blues & R&B album.
This time round he has performed plenty of covers in addition to contributing 4 new songs however the magic actually comes from his vocal and guitar in addition to songs which have had a powerful impression on Cray through the years.
The model right here of the normal gospel music ‘Burying Ground’ is beautiful, throbbing keyboards and fantastic choir singing behind his vocals and that leads straight into Dedric Malones ‘You’re The One’ softly performed old skool r&b with a fantastic vocal from Cray.
Curtis Mayfield’s ‘You’ll Want Me Back’, which was initially an Impressions quantity, has the fantastic sound of the post-Doo Wop interval with muted trumpet and a wonderful guitar solo from Cray within the outro.
I really like the Cray authentic ‘Hot’, smoking r&b with a fantastic riff and a;; spherical efficiency.
His band are not any slouches – Richard Cousins performs bass, Dover Weinberg is on keyboards, Terence F Clark is on drums and Steve Jordan weighs in with percussion and drums – and you may hear the snug familiarity between Cray and the band within the ease of the music. Never missing in ‘edge’ however one way or the other additionally easy as velvet.
It’s all a fantastic perception to Robert Cray’s influences and favourites and it’s additionally a fantastic album for a Saturday evening or Sunday morning.