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Authentic Motown. Accept no imitations.

Somehow, at some point in the last decade or so, the British have tried to emulate the Motown sound, with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Duffy, and to a point, Adele. While it's great to hear that "Motown sound" in the mainstream again, make no mistake -- THAT IS NOT REAL MOTOWN.

Enter Eliza Neals. Born and raised in Metro Detroit, she is the protégé of legendary Motown songwriter Barrett Strong ("Heard it Through the Grapevine," "Money," etc.), and it's no coincidence if a couple of these songs sound familiar -- they were written by Strong, and re-recorded by Neals with his blessing. The result is the literally most authentic Motown you can find today.

Eliza somehow finds balance between the new and the old, penning many of the songs herself, injecting every track with her own trademark Detroit Diva rock/blues/soul flavor ... even her brand new songs have the tinge of nostalgia, like you've been listening to them for years. Brand new songs seem like old favorites, and the old favorites she rerecorded here (e.g. "Money") are brand new all over again -- it's like you're listening to the same old-school soul with brand new ears.

The Brits have done a great job at bringing the overall sound back to the forefront of pop culture, but Motown never needed much of a makeover. There's a reason Detroit's Motown-era music is the most timeless in the history of American culture. That reason is authenticity. Eliza Neals is the real thing -- accept no imitations.

You haven't heard of Eliza Neals???

Eliza Neals is Detroit's best kept secret. This is pretty selfish on Detroit's part. It's time Motown shares her amazing voice with the rest of the world.

She'll make you happy to have the blues. She'll make you dance even when you're sitting down. She'll get you weird looks from strangers at stoplights while you're rocking out in your car with the volume at full blast and you won't care because you are having an AWESOME time.

Seriously, what are you waiting for?Download this album already!

Blues For Your Nights

Solid, not as in unwavering, but solid as in soulful, go to, a friend you can rely on... this is the vibe that one is immediately tuned into listening to the latest from Eliza Neals "Messin' With A Fool". The set list contained herein is her universe and we are fortunate to be invited in to witness a suspension of time whereby music and mood rule supreme and our concerns as listeners are given over to the quality of the experience which is first rate.

Messin With a Fool, Eliza Neals
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jan 12, 2012

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