(2002 'Tone-Cool') (45:39/11) Nettes neues Album, mit dem sie sich bereits weit vom 'Blues' entfernt / nice new record, another step away from the blues. SUSAN TEDESCHI - gtr/voc feat. KEVIN BARRY - gtrs, DEREK TRUCKS - gtr, JOHNNIE JOHNSON - pno, PAUL RISHELL - gtr, ANNIE RAINES - hca, etc.
Though not exactly hot on the heels of her last effort, Wait for Me
looks likely to cement this Massachusetts born singer, songwriter and guitarist's reputation as one of the most promising blues newcomers of her generation. Her strongest card is that gorgeous voice--like a younger, more passionate Bonnie Raitt, she also shares her role model's good taste.
Along the way, Tedeschi turns out an inspired version of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" and hints at Chuck Berry ("I Fell in Love") and Hendrix in a mellow mood ("In the Garden"), as well as quoting the Beatles' "Let It Be" on "Wrapped in the Arms of Another".
There's a Memphis soul feel to the excellent opening cut "Alone", and "Gonna Move" is another early highlight. The originals mostly sit well alongside the covers, although the funky whole-band effort "Hampmotized" sounds almost as clumsy as its title. Despite this, the musicianship throughout is hard to fault. The frequent splashes of organ, mellotron and piano are especially welcome as is the guitar on "The Feeling Music Brings", which features husband Derek Trucks trading licks for his wife's moaning vocals.
Tedeschi's own guitar style is more hesitant, but has a certain naive charm that shows signs that it will probably mature into something rather fine. --Jon Lusk