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Strong Persuader

Robert Cray

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Album Review

The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base. Cray's smoldering stance on "Smoking Gun" and "Right Next Door" rendered him the first sex symbol to emerge from the blues field in decades, but it was his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic. "Nothing but a Woman" boasts an irresistible groove pushed by the Memphis Horns and some metaphorically inspired lyrics, while "I Wonder" and "Guess I Showed Her" sizzle with sensuality.

Customer Reviews

Robert Cray's Master Piece

No collection of music is complete without this album. Every track is an example of master musicianship from the perfectly executed emotional vocals to the tight, clean powerful sound of the band. Cray's Strong Persuader is unique. No one else can match it. Even Cray himself never quite surpassed this one.

Biography

Born: August 01, 1953 in Columbus, GA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tin-eared critics have frequently damned him as a yuppie blues wannabe whose slickly soulful offerings bear scant resemblance to the real down-home item. In reality, Robert Cray is one of a precious few young blues-based artists with the talent and vision to successfully usher the idiom into the 21st century without resorting either to slavish imitation or simply playing rock while passing it off as blues. Just as importantly, his immensely popular records helped immeasurably in jump-starting the...
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