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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Alligator
  • ASIN: B000056JSD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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For the first time on Alligator Records The Holmes Brothers have produced an outstanding release. Under the careful eye of producer Joan Osbourne this intensely spiritual recording showcases their seemingly effortless ability to wed timeless houserocking music to contemporary inspirational and religious themes. The album features four new originals from Wendall and Sherman Holmes and new renditions of songs from Bob Dylan, Ben Harper and Gamble & Huff as well as several gospel staples.The Holmes Brothers' uplifting voices ride a rollocking rhythm section to the heavens.

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Record of the week - "A fine, fine gospel record...their rhythms take over your body, while their voices go straight for your heart." -- Mark Edwards, Sunday Times

The Holmes Brothers have been regular UK visitors, whipping up equal enthusiasm for both their gritty R&B and their gospel music. For Speaking In Tongues, their first album for Alligator, they've jettisoned the R&B to concentrate on the gospel and come up with one of their best albums to date. Not that the R&B is very far away as the guys still draw on their usual raw and driving energy to quite blistering effect as on "Jesus Is The Way", "Thank You Jesus", and the title track. They tone it down for "King Jesus Will Roll All My Burdens Away", "Love Train" and for two of the three Ben Harper songs "I Shall Not Walk Alone" and "I Want To Be Ready". Apart from Harper the Holmes Brothers draw on material from Bob Dylan and Sister Rosetta Tharpe as well as their own songs and a couple of traditional pieces. Female backing chorus is provided by The Precious Three (which includes producer Joan Osborne). A few tracks feature guest instrumentation but, by and large, it's Wendell Holmes vocals, guitar, piano, Sherman Holmes vocals, bass and Willie "Popsy" Dixon vocals, drums, percussion who are doing the business and "speaking in tongues".

© fRoots Magazine all rights reserved -- fRoots, June 2001

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My first surprise was finding the Holmes Brothers on the Alligator label, a label associated with more straight ahead blues music. My second surprise was to find that, in my opinion, the Brothers have produced their best ever album. But perhaps my greatest surprise was that I could actually fall in love with an album that has the name Jesus in four song titles. As a none-believer I have always shied away from "religious" songs. However, although the majority of tracks have a gospel flavour, they are performed with so much conviction and energy, that I feel positively uplifted everytime I play them. This is a powerful record; strong vocals, honey-sweet harmonies and blistering guitar, combined with a spot-on production from Joan Osborne make this a CD which should be in the collection of any serious music fan. There is so much joy running through this CD that I'm beginning to wish I was a believer! Go on make these old men (Wendell Holmes's description) happy, buy this CD, then you too can clap your hands, tap your feet and dance around the room to "Thank you Jesus", " Speaking in Tongues", "Jesus is the Way" and the old O'Jays hit, "Love Train". Praise the Lord, praise the Holmes Brothers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Revelation that is Soulfully alive... 18 April 2001
By Patrice Webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For more than 10 years the rhythmic bass of Sherman Holmes, the driving guitar of Wendell Holmes, the drums of Popsy Dixon and the group's soaring vocals have consistently pushed the envelope of what it means to have soul. On this newest CD, the group has now managed to show us what it means to be spirit filled. Like 1992's "Jubilation", the group offers up its trademark combination of traditional gospel, blues, and juke-joint funk and in the process has managed to re-define the meaning of the word "sanctified" providing an example of what Christian Music really could be if it wasn't so afraid of its own humanity.
As with past disks, the group mixes up a potent stew of the original, the traditional, and the contemporary with an infectious energy that never ceases. On this disk, the four original songs written by Sherman and Wendell Holmes have the feel of old time gospel and sit solidly beside traditional favorites like "Thank you Jesus" and "Farther Along". Also included are songs by Ben Harper and Bob Dylan. Harper's "I Shall Not Walk Alone" is presented as a soulful ballad of comfort that tenderly offers up the hope of salvation. Bob Dylan's "Man of Peace" with its tambourine and organ takes you into a Sunday Afternoon gospel tent-revival and the trio's soul-drenched version of the 60's soul anthem "Soul Train" with its slyly sensual vocals is worth the price of the whole CD.
The Holmes Brother's interplay of Pentecostal gospel, funk, blues, and soul takes the listener on an uplifting journey through southern churches and the revival tent providing us with a glimpse of Americana along the way. If this disk fails to move both your body and your soul and bring you closer to your maker then it is only because you have no pulse. For both the believer and the non-believer the music of the Holmes Brothers can be summed up in a single word: Amen.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dancing music 6 Jun. 2001
By Sally S. Layne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard about the Holmes Brothers and their CD "Speaking in Tongues" on Public Radio and I ordered the CD that day. Some of the songs are new twists on old songs, some are great new songs. Every cut is wonderful. This morning, at 1:00 AM, I realized how absolutely incredible it is. Any music that is able to make me dance while I am refinishing floors is miracle music. Any music that I am able to listen to over and over for two hours and still want to hear more is powerful. "Speaking in Tongues" is one of the most positive CDs I have ever owned. If you like blues, if you like gospel, if you like to dance, if you wished you liked to dance, if you wish you had a reason to dance order "Speaking in Tongues" today.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 24 Feb. 2001
By wutanglen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I read a brief review for this album in US News or Newsweek and decided to give it a listen at the store. About 10 minutes later I was home listening to it over and over again.
I am not into gospel or Christian music, but I love the blues and man this is great blues. I guess if you are a fan of Christian/gospel music you will love this too. But as a blues fan...wow this album really rocks.
These guys can sing and these guys can play.
In a time of scripted bands, singing with the aid of computers it is quite refreshing to here some good old fashion blues, rock, and funk.
This is a great album!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece! 18 Feb. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
American roots music doesn't get deeper or more powerful. Old friend Joan Osborne produced the Holmes Brothers, plus contributes gospel style backing vocals and liner notes. The result is a masterpiece of heartfelt, shake the rafters, spiritually based soul music. Great songs, top flight instrumetal work, and vocals that live and breath and even moved me to tears.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dancing music 6 Jun. 2001
By Sally S. Layne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard about the Holmes Brothers and their CD "Speaking in Tongues" on Public Radio and I ordered the CD that day. Some of the songs are new twists on old songs, some are great new songs. Every cut is wonderful. This morning, at 1:00 AM, I realized how absolutely incredible it is. Any music that is able to make me dance while I am refinishing floors is miracle music. Any music that I am able to listen to over and over for two hours and still want to hear more is powerful. "Speaking in Tongues" is one of the most positive CDs I have ever owned. If you like blues, if you like gospel, if you like to dance, if you wished you liked to dance, if you wish you had a reason to dance order "Speaking in Tongues" today.
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