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Glen David Andrews

Redemption

(Louisiana Red Hot; US: 29 Apr 2014; UK: 29 Apr 2014)

A soulful, funky gumbo

New Orleans raconteur Glen David Andrews possesses one of those up-from-the-depths Southern voices, and on Redemption it is capably supported by a range of horns, brass, guitars, harmonicas and stomping percussion that keep the sonic gumbo constantly shifting. Lead track “NY to Nola” is a barn-burner of a track, with stop-and-start guitars and warbling harp playing against soaring horns until the final mad dash to the finish. It’s an outstanding track, and one the rest of the album has trouble matching, although the effort brings about any number of strong tunes: “Chariot” is a gentle downtempo song that shows the gentler side of Andrews’ vocals, while Ivan Neville shows up for the uber-funky “Bad By Myself”. “Didn’t It Rain” brings a gospel vibe to the party, while Swedish-born guitar virtuoso Anders Osborne helps kick out the jams in the born-to-be-bad anthem “Lower Power”. All in all, a terrific set, and one that makes terrific use of Andrews’ prodigious gifts.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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