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Suitcase

Keb' Mo'

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Album Review

On Suitcase, his eighth studio release, Keb' Mo' (Kevin Moore) reunites with John Porter, the producer of Moore's critically lauded first album, and the result is a pleasant, midtempo suite of songs dedicated to the emotional baggage everyone carries with them as they plow through increasingly complicated lives in search of peace, love, and some measure of personal redemption. Moore covers this ground with a wink and a grin in his voice, though, and Suitcase emerges as a wry commentary on modern life that still manages to sound bright and positive, beginning with the effervescent, sprung reggae rhythm of the opening track, "Your Love," one of the best cuts here. Other highlights include the lovely ballad, "Still There for Me," a celebration of the little man and his private victories, "I'm a Hero," and the soothing, hopeful shuffle that closes things out, "Life Is Beautiful." Moore is generally classified as a blues player, but the truth is, aside from his first album, he has actually done very little true blues material, and it is probably more accurate to call what he does blues-informed, but even that ignores the point that he is probably much closer in tone, theme, and feel to James Taylor than he is to Robert Johnson or any other blues figure. He does turn to the blues here, though, on the title track, "Suitcase," and morphs it into a wonderfully engaging song about what people bring into a romantic relationship and what they take away in the end, making full use of the "emotional baggage" connection inherent in the title. It is Keb' Mo' at his best, drawing on his ability to synthesize roots forms like the blues into completely contemporary commentaries on the struggles, travails, and blind faith in personal redemption that accompanies people as they slog their way daily ever deeper into the 21st century.

Customer Reviews

Another classic from Mo' !

Suitcase is one of Keb' Mo' most solid efforts to date. A great variety of songs that have a certain mood to them. This is an album that should be listened to without skipping a single track, they're all unique and exceptional. The focus is on love and relationship songs. From the introductory "Your love" to the last track "Life is Beautiful" this is a record that won't disappoint ths listener!

Keb Shows Moore Talent

I stumbled accross Keb Mo approximately three years ago.and I'm impressed by the many moods he brings to his cd's. I recommend "Suitcase" to everyones music library. Thanks Keb, for letting me load "Suitcase" on my IPod and Stereo.

Refreshing, Melencholy

I'm a 45 year-old classic rock product who had never heard of Keb' Mo' until he opened at a Robert Cray concert in my home town of Colorado Springs. I was pumped about seeing Robert Cray, and only hoped that the opening act didn't stink. As soon as Keb's band got rolling and his vocals began filling the concert hall, I looked at my wife and said "wow, what a great voice!" He was so smooth, both his singing and playing. The man is totally in control of his craft. He doesn't play to you, he takes you with him on every song's voyage. At the end of the night, I overheard many leaving the concert hall reinforcing my thought that Keb' had stolen the show (not to dis Cray, he was terrific in his own right). I desperately seek new music that keeps me at my own roots and takes me home, and Keb' Mo' is like a finding long lost brother on your doorstep. It kind of made me wonder how long he's been there and why didn't I see him sooner? After the concert we bought "Suitcase" and we spin it daily. If you love music, you'll love "Suitcase". If you're hung-up because it's not "real blues", then you're not living in the "real world".

Biography

Born: October 3, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Blues

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

Guitarist/vocalist Keb' Mo' draws heavily on the old-fashioned country blues style of Robert Johnson while keeping his sound contemporary with touches of soul and folksy storytelling. A skilled frontman as well as an accomplished sideman, he writes much of his own material and has applied his acoustic, electric, and slide guitar skills to jazz- and rock-oriented bands. Born Kevin Moore in Los Angeles to parents of Southern descent, he was exposed to gospel music at a young age. At 21, Moore joined...
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