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Album Review

On her first outing in three years and her freshman offering for Verve's Forecast label, Susan Tedeschi digs deep into the soul and R&B fakebook for inspiration and comes out a winner. With an all-star band that includes guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, pianist David Palmer, organist Jebin Bruni, bassist Paul Bryan, drummer Jay Bellerose, and guests including husband Derek Trucks and the Blind Boys of Alabama, Tedeschi goes down into her own heart's well for inspiration. Wonderfully produced by Joe Henry, Hope and Desire is truly a singer's showcase of passion and class; she has signature phrasing and is an excellent interpreter. Henry proves that Tedeschi is one hell of a singer. From the roots-country blues of the Jagger and Richards opener, "You Got the Silver," to the hardcore soul of Otis Redding's "Security" (her version is closer to the Etta James reading than Redding's but Tedeschi puts her own hard spin on it), the garbage-can blues guitar of Percy Mayfield's ripping "The Danger Zone," and the finger-poppin' R&B of "Tired of My Tears," Tedeschi proves she's second to none by wringing every ounce of truth from these classic tunes. In addition, her subtle, to-the-bone reading of Bob Dylan's "Lord Protect My Child" (with great Dobro work by Trucks), a definitive version of Iris DeMent's "Sweet Forgiveness," and Dorsey Brunette's "Magnificent Sanctuary Band" offer solid proof that Tedeschi can sing gospel as well. In fact, based on the evidence here, she can sing any damn thing she likes and move your heart, making you believe every word and wail in the grain of a song. That's as high a compliment as one can pay.

Customer Reviews

More Gospel than Blues

Earlier I gave the CD only 3 stars, but after listening to it more thoroughly over the weekend I realized that it is INCREDIBLE. Her lyrics and style is a little different compared to her earlier music from "Better Days," and "Just Won't Burn," but none the less great. This CD and "Wait for Me" are a lot more positive, which I'm sure has everything to do with all the changes/additions to her life over the past few years. I think they give her music more passion. "Mr. Charlie" is one of my favorites, as well as "magnificent sanctuary band," "Soul of a Man," "Tired of My Tears," "Evidence," and "You Got the Silver." Just incredible. The other day I was dissapointed, today I am overwhelmed. As always her music is so moving and soulful, but I finally got a chance to see her live in Baltimore Saturday night and SHE WAS INCREDIBLE. It was so effortless for her to pour out her soul. When she came back for an oncore she sang "Don't Think Twice," and when the song was over she actually started crying. She is so soft spoken until she gets in front of the microphone, then energy just pours out. Incredible.

A bit disappointing....

Like the first reviewer, I've been a fan for a while....and have grown very attached to Wait for Me and the live album. When I heard Susan Tedeschi had signed with Verve I was worried that it would result in releases which were overproduced and which strayed from her great capacity to be both raw and tender at the same time. For me, this is an unfortunate's reaching too much for a Motown sound...seems lacking in direction....has themes which don't work for me too well and, worst of all, she doesn't play guitar on a single track. Oh...there are some gems, but it's not in the same bluesy league as her earlier stuff. "Wait for Me" is just sexier....more clever and muscially more inventive and impressive. The first reviewer wonders if she's just too happy? Well, I still have great respect for her and hope, indeed, she's personally happy at this time of her life. But grit is still possible, you know?

Wow, Susan Strikes Again!

Wow, Susan Strikes Again, with a fantastic soulful album. She has the bluesy sound of Bonnie Raitt, but yet is fresh to the ears. She has a lot of slow grooves on this album which showcase her strong "blues" voice. Not as much boot scootin' on this one... but still the total package! Love it!


Born: November 9, 1970 in Boston, MA

Genre: Blues

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

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Susan Tedeschi is part of the new generation of blues musicians looking for ways to keep the form exciting, vital, and evolving. Tedeschi's live shows are by no means straight-ahead urban blues. Instead, she freely mixes classic R&B, blues, and her own gospel and blues-flavored originals...
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