Concrete Blues (feat. Tre Williams)
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||Something's Goto to Give||The Revelations||3:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Concrete Blues||The Revelations||3:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Behind These Bars||The Revelations||4:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Trouble Man||The Revelations||5:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||How Could You Walk Away||The Revelations||4:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||One Reason to Stay||The Revelations||4:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Until You Get Enough of Me||The Revelations||4:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Gotta Have It||The Revelations||4:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lonely Room||The Revelations||4:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Don't Wait||The Revelations||4:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Everybody Knows||The Revelations||3:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Let's Straighten It Out||The Revelations||5:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Don't Want to Know||The Revelations||3:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
For a retro-soul influenced band trekking from Brooklyn down to Memphis, arguably the hub of rootsy Southern R&B, to record must have been a dream come true. For the Revelations, their sophomore effort was not only recorded at Willie Mitchell's famous Royal Studios, but Al Green/Hi Records session legends the Hodges brothers (Teeny on guitar and organist Charles) contributed their substantial talents. Members of the Bar-Kays and the Isaac Hayes Movement also guest, making this a contemporary soul recording with notable and authentic roots. It also helps that the Revelations are already a tight, tough unit who, with frontman/lead singer Tre Williams, keep a foothold in the past without sounding particularly old-school. The album is front loaded with sociopolitically based selections with the closing songs romantic/personal in tone and lyrical approach. So far, so good. Unfortunately the original tunes, while pleasant enough, tend to blend together musically by sticking to a similar tempo and musical template. They don't jump out of the mix with the urgency and immediacy of the classic music the band clearly loves. It's worth noting that the best tracks are the handful of covers, although thankfully obscure ones such as Ronnie Lovejoy's "Until You Get Enough of Me," with one (Latimore's "Let's Straighten It Out") even repeated from the band's previous collection. Also, the sound is slicker than you'd expect from the group's influences and the recording location. And for all of his lover man vocalizing, Williams doesn't exude a particularly distinctive or riveting presence. Still, this is much better than the formulaic, cookie-cutter music masquerading as soul on the radio in the 2010s, and there are enough highlights — such as Williams' lovely ballad "Lonely Room," the sweet and sour resentment of "How Could You Walk Away," and the lead guitar riffing in "Trouble Man" (not the Marvin Gaye tune) — to leave hope that on future releases, the band composes, and perhaps more importantly arranges, material that's up to their impressive talents.
Strong 2nd album from this Brooklyn based band. Great songwriting and great musicianship. Recorded in Memphis TN with members of the legendary Hi Rhythm section (the Hodges Bros) and Stax Studio cats (like James Alexander and Lester Snell). Modern RnB/Soul with one foot in the past and the other firmly in the present
great album buy it worth it something you can play from start to end
Breath of fresh air type CD, the way music should be!!!!!
Found this by mistake and love it!!! The vocals and music is great, smooth listen, one of those CD’s you can listen to from A to Z.
Years Active: '00s, '10s