Bubbling Under the 75 Best Albums of 2011

Tedeschi Trucks Band

by Will Layman

14 December 2011

This week we presented our Best 75 Albums of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...
 


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Tedeschi Trucks Band

Revelator

(Sony Masterworks)
US: 7 Jun 2011
UK: 8 Jun 2011

Review [15.Jun.2011]

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Revelator


Revelator is a joy. A perfect blend of songcraft and crack band playing, it makes you wonder why this wife/husband team took so long to come together as one. Singer Susan Tedeschi’s six-album career has been terrific, but just one star away from stellar. And the Derek Trucks Band had a tendency, perhaps, to feel too much like the Allman Brothers or too much like a “Man, you’ve gotta hear ‘em live” band. This true collaboration brings it all together as a nuanced gumbo that includes dashes of tasty organ, funked-out horn parts, gospel-driven background vocals, and always a burbling soul groove. Tedeschi sells each song with both warmth and open-throated wailing, while Trucks’s slide guitar playing carefully establishes the atmosphere and cries in solo features. A few tracks—“Midnight in Harlem”, “Bound for Glory” and “Until You Remember”—ache to draw your ears again and again.

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