On his third album, the US soul singer Eli "Paperboy" Reed proves he isn't just a high-octane performer strutting his stuff on the dance scene, but a songwriter with a genuine flair for pastiche. In this collection of songs, largely self-penned, he recalls the feel-good factor of the mid-1960s in sentiment and tone: you can almost smell the slicked-back hair of Eli and his accompanying male vocal group as they schmooze their way through the slow burning ballad Pick a Number, or let rip with a an exuberant rock'n'roller like Tell Me What I Wanna Hear.
Sixties culture, from the performers themselves to the TV shows, plays fast and loose as reference points. There are echoes of a Quincy Jones TV theme in Young Girl, Eli's raw vocal pyrotechnics in Just Like Me recall Wilson Pickett, and then he summons the sweeter sound of Sam Cooke on the title-track.
Eli's irrepressible personality shines through this varied and very appealing collection of songs, and tunes abound. Two country style songs, Time Will Tell and You Can Run On, offer contrasting approaches to the genre whilst Explosion, the album's firecracker finale, brings to mind a review of his stage show in The New York Times: "a raucous, riveting, live act". Eli's trademark howl and falsetto are much in evidence, but the voice also has an endearing creamy tone which shows to advantage in songs like Pick Your Battles.
Throughout, Eli is backed to the hilt by a dynamic red-hot band of trumpets, horns and saxophones, each oozing personality. Producer Mike Elizondo ensures that whether the mood is Latin, big band or disco, this ensemble delivers a high class performance. --Adrian Edwards
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Having been hailed by critics and fans alike for his first album Roll With You
, US soul sensation Eli "Paperboy" Reed releases his brand new album, Come And Get It
-- bursting out of the speakers like James Brown detonating Gnarls Barkley in the process.
The single "Come And Get It" is a blast of sheer soulful exuberance, a paean to love, lust and desire, bursting with horns, pounding drums and that sweet, sweet Eli "Paperboy" Reed voice. It harks back to the 60's sounds of classic Motown and Stax good-time recordings; the kind of floor-filler that would tear up the dancehalls of the Northern soul scene across the UK.