12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There's perhaps an extra dash of grit to Hunter's sharp, soulful singing here, but otherwise he follows a similar stylistic path to his previous few releases. That's fortunate, since he's a master of the '60s-influenced, horn-punctuated R&B his stinging sextet serves up. Echoes of everyone from Lee Dorsey to Wilson Pickett pop up as the British soul man and his band expertly navigate Stax-style stomps (the title track), New Orleans–inflected strolls ("Drop on Me"), and more. Even if his endlessly expressive voice were the only weapon in his aural arsenal, Hunter would still be one of the premier soul stylists of his era. Yet he's always had another, not-so-secret weapon at his disposal: his terse, twangy lead guitar lines. Hunter's bluesy guitar licks don't dominate the album, but every time they turn up, they edge the energy level of the proceedings up another notch. Whether he's laying down tremolo-laden figures atop a subtly ska-tinged groove ("Let the Monkey Ride") or tearing out a barbed-wire blues lead ("Look Out"), Hunter shows that his axe is as mighty as his pipes, and that's saying something.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There's perhaps an extra dash of grit to Hunter's sharp, soulful singing here, but otherwise he follows a similar stylistic path to his previous few releases. That's fortunate, since he's a master of the '60s-influenced, horn-punctuated R&B his stinging sextet serves up. Echoes of everyone from Lee Dorsey to Wilson Pickett pop up as the British soul man and his band expertly navigate Stax-style stomps (the title track), New Orleans–inflected strolls ("Drop on Me"), and more. Even if his endlessly expressive voice were the only weapon in his aural arsenal, Hunter would still be one of the premier soul stylists of his era. Yet he's always had another, not-so-secret weapon at his disposal: his terse, twangy lead guitar lines. Hunter's bluesy guitar licks don't dominate the album, but every time they turn up, they edge the energy level of the proceedings up another notch. Whether he's laying down tremolo-laden figures atop a subtly ska-tinged groove ("Let the Monkey Ride") or tearing out a barbed-wire blues lead ("Look Out"), Hunter shows that his axe is as mighty as his pipes, and that's saying something.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
45 Ratings
45 Ratings
bvillagran ,

Great Album! A must buy!

Anyone who has listened to James Hunter will know the quality of his music. I've been waiting for a long time for a new album and he didn't disappoint.

tastemypoopoo ,

Producer NAILED IT

Songs are good but whoever produced this album managed to emulate PERFECTLY the vintage sound without it sounding cheesy at all. great work

goinaroundtheworld ,

Radio friendly

Enjoyable new vintage music. Somewhere in the thousands of radio stations worldwide there is one whcih plays well crafted uplifiting songs that fall between old school R & B, rock n roll, with a country twang. If so this modern retro groove will be justly rewarded. Gold Mind and If I only Knew are my personal favs.

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