Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By (2016)


Released January 2016

This is a very good album from the always outstanding outfit that is Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and their band. It merges rock with soul, blues, funk, gospel, country and hints of World Music in a veritable cornucopia of sound. Susan Tedeschi's own material is more of a full-on blues rock attack. Although I like it, I have to say I prefer her with hubby Trucks on what are soulful, often horn-enhanced, uplifting albums.


1. Anyhow
2. Laugh About It
3. Don't Know What It Means
4. Right On Time
5. Let Me Get By
6. Just As Strange
7. Crying Over You
8. Hear Me
9. I Want More
10. In Every Heart                                      

"Anyhow" is a very appealing, catchy mid-pace soulful number with a lovely vocal from Susan Tedeschi. Great brass and guitar ending to it as well. "Laugh About It" has a feel of Free about it. Susan's vocal is sensually gritty on this one, the bass and horns backing sublime. "Don't Know What It Means" is solidly soul/rock-ish and it goes without saying that the vocal is good. Susan has a throaty effortlessness in her voice. She always sings her heart out yet at the same time doesn't overkill the delivery. On all the tracks, Susan also provides some killer guitar, as indeed does hubby Derek Trucks.

Time for a change of style now in the slightly nineteen-thirties-style brassy shuffle of "Right On Time", with backing vocalist Mike Mattison sharing vocals with Susan. The title track is a lively gospel blues with some funky organ swirling all through its centre. Both "Just As Strange" and "Crying Over You" are uplifting, varied in style and most endearing. It is actually quite difficult to categorise these songs, they are soulful, rocky, slightly funky, brassy and inventive. That will do.

The instrumental bit at the end of "Crying Over You" is haunting, Indian in style and refreshingly creative. "Hear Me" is a slice of seductive country blues rock. Lovely stuff. "I Want More" is seven minutes of pounding rock before it calms down half way through into some dreamy flute and guitar improvisation that has the band sounding like Santana in the mid-seventies. "In Every Heart" is a soul meets gospel meets rock number to close this very impressive album. Recommended.


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