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We Can Get Together

Sean Costello

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Album Review

Atlanta roots guitarist/vocalist Sean Costello changes labels again — this is his fourth in a five-album career — but that hasn't proved to be a burden. If anything, his attack has sharpened both vocally and instrumentally on each subsequent release, resulting in this being his most impressive set. Although Costello is an accomplished guitarist and can shred with the best of his blues-rocking brethren, he wisely puts more emphasis on the songs and his singing. Nine out of the 11 selections are originals, the largest percentage of self-written songs on any of his albums, and even the two traditional tracks are substantially rearranged to fit Costello's style. The sound shifts from the gritty, sparse, old ZZ Top-styled "Hard Luck Woman" to the smooth soul and light funk of "Can't Let Go," arguably the finest, most melodic moment here. He's even convincing on the gospel cover of "Going Home," somewhat uncharted territory that works just fine with his gruff voice and stinging guitar. The material is so strong and the ensemble playing of his band, many of whom are established cohorts in the Atlanta blues community, so effortless that he doesn't need to distract attention from the songs with the extended soloing he is capable of. Most importantly, he establishes a greasy groove that weaves through each cut, connecting them even when the styles differ. The closing waltz-time "Little Birds" is another traditional tune, this one picked up from the Band's Levon Helm, who also performed it on his 2007 Dirt Farmer release. Costello's tough, taut arrangement includes a sizzling slide guitar solo that's every bit as respectful as Helm's more old-timey, fiddle-dominated version. While Costello is clearly inspired by the blues greats, many of whom he has covered on previous collections, he slants more to '70s Southern soul, rock, and R&B here, dousing these genres with a bucket load of swamp water and spearheaded by his whiskey-laced vocals. There's a thick, gooey atmospheric vibe that hangs over the album, gels its contents, and shows Costello to be a terrific singer and songwriter and guitar talent just hitting his peak.

Customer Reviews

We will miss you, Sean

You were one of the greats, and we will miss you forever. You were amazing, and one of the young guys I looked up to. Your music is remarkable, as were you.

Best Costello Yet!

1953 Les Paul Goldtop bliss, all great tunes with no filler. Listen to "Hard Luck Woman" or "Told Me a Lie",.. it's stripped down modern music and Costello's best recorded work. Costello has found his space and this release should bust him out. This release is self produced and Costello uses his own road band and Atlanta musicians like Donnie Mac (there's a Donnie Mac song, "Have You No Shame", Sean nails it) and Oliver Wood from the Wood Brothers,... Costello's in fine voice too, he's matured in his delivery. All and all "We Can Get Together" is a fine release from the first song to the last.

Great CD

Every Costello CD gets better, and this one lives up to it.

Biography

Born: April 16, 1979 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Teen blues phenom Sean Costello was born and raised in Atlanta, receiving his first guitar for his ninth birthday. A primarily self-taught player, he initially gravitated toward hard rock but soon discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan, moving on from there to Howlin' Wolf; under the wing of local bluesman Felix Reyes, a 14-year-old Costello won the Beale Street Blues Society's talent award in 1994. Another contestant was Susan Tedeschi, and soon Costello began touring as her lead guitarist and stayed with...
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