Eli 'Paperboy' Reed & the True Loves

Roll with You

by Zeth Lundy

29 April 2008

 

Boston hasn’t been able to boast of a performer like Eli “Paperboy” Reed in a long time—perhaps ever, seeing as its scene is rooted more in classic rock than vintage soul. Reed’s stormy delivery of knife-thrust R&B music means to assert the 20-something Brookline native as the real deal, and with that voice and scraggly yet confident band, it’s hard to deny him his props. Reed goes for the jugular on his latest full-length, which, with love from the likes of Mojo magazine and Nick Lowe, promises to be his big break-out. It’s the first recording that attempts to match Reed’s ‘60s R&B style with equally classicist production techniques—and often, on songs like the shuffling rave-up “Take My Love With You” and the slow burning Otis Redding pastiche “(Am I Just) Fooling Myself”, it succeeds with sweaty, authentic results. Reed summons the sympathy of Solomon Burke on “Am I Wasting My Time” and lets loose a nasty guitar solo in “Stake Your Claim”, moments of ass-shaking groove that forgive some of the album’s more redundant offerings. With Roll With You, Reed & the True Loves have our attention, and now all that’s left to do is hold it.

Roll With You

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong online. Please consider a donation to support our work as an independent publisher devoted to the arts and humanities. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where advertising no longer covers our costs. We need your help to keep PopMatters publishing. Thank you.

 


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

20 Questions: Nashville Singer-Songwriter Natalie Hemby

// Sound Affects

"Natalie Hemby's Puxico is a standout debut from a songwriter who has been behind the scenes for over a decade.

READ the article