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...Feel the quality...
on 23 March 2009
JJ Cale is back with his first solo album in five years. It follows on from his collaboration with Eric Clapton on "Road To Escondido", and sounds exactly like every other JJ Cale album.
However, it's a remarkably good sound, so why fiddle around with drum'n'bass experiments when you can just get on with writing good songs and creating loping, swamp infused grooves. To be fair, he's had a wee bash at jazz this time around. You'll find him scatting on the opening track 'Who Knew' and there's some jazz piano on 'Former Me'.
Elsewhere, the Cale template is in fine form with tunes like 'Down to Memphis' and 'Cherry Street' as good an anything he's done before. He also gets downright smutty on 'Fonda-Lina', something unbecoming in a septuagenarian. Eric Clapton, who ,largely appropriated Cales sound in the early seventies, pops up on the title track, but this is largely a return to basics (and form) for the elder statesman.
It's a testament to Cales talents, that he wrote and produced all twelve songs, plays all the instruments on most of the tunes as well, including guitars, pedal steel, bass, drums, piano and synthesizers, and even recorded most of the album at his home studio in California. Feel the quality.