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5.0 out of 5 stars
His best work in years!, 3 Dec. 2008
I have bought AG albums in recent years and while I haven't exactly been disappointed, as they have all had their good moments and Al is a solid performer, they have failed to thrill. I think Al lost something when he got religion - a certain spark that's hard to define. However, he's certainly got his sparks together with this one (and no mention of the "Reverend" bit - I wonder if there's a connection?). Anyway, this is definitely Al's best work in years and in fact it's one of the best albums I've heard in years by anybody. It still does sort of have that Willie Mitchell/AG shuffle and yes the drumming is reminscent of Al Jackson, but it's more funky. The production is superb. I love the guitar and the gorgeous Hammond B3 organ (yes a real one I assume) gets in there tellingly on most tracks. Unless I'm mistaken it's an acoustic album or if there are synths they are very low key. Tight horns and tasteful string arrangements. What more could you want? I personally doubt if the songs themselves will survive the test of time, and don't expect meaningful lyrics - this is soul after all! However, you really don't notice because the performances are so strong and the result is not a dud track to be found. I could do without Corrine Bailey Rae. She always sounds to me as if she might actually be able to sing but can't quite be bothered so just whimpers instead. But that's a minor niggle. Otherwise it's like they started playing music again. Fabulous. Buy it!