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3.0 out of 5 stars Faded Glory, 13 Sep 2003
Grace (Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Soul Survivor (Audio CD)
This fairly recent release (originally from in 1993) from the late James Carr will be slightly disappointing to those who are familiar with his earlier work from the 60s. As with much 'modern' blues and soul the sound of the instruments are slightly too clear and polished for my tastes and as a result can sound synthesised and tinny. The schmaltzy saxophone solos in 'Put Love First' and 'Things a Woman Need' (and others besides) are an example of this.
The production does not however, overshadow Carr's amazingly soulful voice (perhaps this is what Otis Redding have might sounded like if he were still alive). Lyrically he covers the usual soul topic of love and life. The more up tempo tracks tend to be easier to listen to (in my opinion anyway). The stand out tracks on this album are the title track, 'Soul Survivor' and the mid-tempo 'Memphis After Midnight'.
If you are approaching James Carr's music for the first time I would recommemd you go for some of his earlier work to start with, which is more akin to the Northern Soul style than this is. If you like Van Morrison's later stuff however you will probably enjoy this album - it is like Morrison but layered with a lot more soul!
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