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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and Romantic, with a little Southern Rock Swagger, 17 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Revelator (Audio CD)
This debut album from the Tedeschi Trucks Band is actually an album from some seasoned performers at their best. Fronted by husband-and-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and featuring members from their respective solo groups, this album is proof of a theory I have long held that the biggest bands make the gentlest music.

Despite the huge personnel list and the rich and full sounding arrangements, this is a gentle romantic album, full of soft dobros, acoustics, swells of brass, and whispery organ sounds. Derek Trucks plays a mellow, vocal slide guitar, only occasionally resorting to the blistering solos found on tracks like I Wish I Knew, or Don't Miss Me from his previous albums. The emphasis here is on rich melodies and bubbling grooves. But there is plenty of musical skill on show though both in the songs themselves, and in the live-in-the-studio jam style cuts Shrimp and Grits and Ghost Light (the latter being a hidden track that sensibly appears about a minute after the album closer and not after fifteen minutes of silence as used to be the trend with these things.) The two cuts fade in and fade out again giving hints of just how amazing this band's playing really is, as the slide guitar growls over rich improvised textures.

Susan Tedeschi's soulful vocals draw you into the original songs, ably assisted by Trucks band singer Mike Mattison and singer songwriter David Ryan Harris. These are songs about love, loyalty, commitment, forgiveness and hope, flavoured with religious expressions of prayer and praise. One of my favourites is the album closer Shelter, with its uplifting chorus, soft finger-picked guitars, and bluesy vocals the accompany the final solo are amazing. But the album also covers the darker side of life whether it is the lonely lover waiting `until you remember that you're mine,' or the plea `oh lord, don't let these walls fall down.' The lullaby like quality of Midnight in Harlem is a counterpoint to the darker subject matter, the heartbreak and deprivation. But the outlook is ultimately positive. The songs encourage us to love, to forgive past hurts and value those who are close to us, the ones we know we can rely on.

So, if you want a gentle, complex, romantic album, that occasionally breaks into the swagger of two southern rock jam bands, you might want to give Revelator a try.
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