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.