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2.0 out of 5 stars
The Blues Are Not for Elvis, 21 July 2006
At near his best, he may be Almost Blue, but Elvis is near his worst when he sings the Blues.
I was looking forward to a soulful collaboration with Allen Toussaint. Unfortunately, this CD is too strongly influenced by the Blues, which unfortunately, Elvis can't really sing. I love the man, and have done for 25 years, but I just wish he could see that his voice and the Blues don't go together (recall Sour Milk Cow Blues, The Eisenhower Blues, quite a few from Kojak Variety etc.). There is no real 'feel' in the arrangements either, and Elvis' voice too often grates. Even the genuinely soulful 'All These Things' has been done better by Elvis solo in the past (see extended re-issue of Blood and Chocolate).
After all his great successes, he's allowed some poor ones, and this is one of those.