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  posted on 6/5/2011 at 03:59 PM


TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND, "REVELATOR"
(SONY MASTERWORKS)
*** 1/2 (3 and a half stars)
By Kevin O'Hare
MassLive.com

So if you thought the debut album by the musically mesmerizing husband-
wife team of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks was going to come out
slamming, you've got the wrong band.

That's not to say that "Revelator" doesn't have plenty of potent moments.
Steeped in Southern soul, blues and funk, it features two of the most
charismatic figures in recent memory fronting their 11-piece outfit.

Tedeschi, with a voice that's occasionally reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt,
had led her own outstanding blues-based band for years, while her
slide-guitar playing husband Trucks has been splitting his time between
the Allman Brothers Band -- carrying on a great tradition of fretboard
virtuosos -- while fronting his own band and even taking time out to
tour with the likes of Eric Clapton.

So while they have appeared on each other's albums, they finally decided
to combine their talents on a full set and the result is "Revelator," which has
a distinctive sound, but also harkens back to an earlier era with some
songs that favorably compare to the magic that Delaney and Bonnie were
tapping into in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

The closest TTB get to totally tearing the roof off the house is the bluesy
"Until You Remember," which is built around a great horn arrangement,
some of Trucks' trademark dazzling slide guitar work and Tedeschi's over-
the-top vocal, which sounds like something straight out of Muscle Shoals
Studio in 1969. Another killer cut on the louder side of things is "Love Has
Something Else to Say," which rides a funky groove, full of wah-wah guitar,
chunky organ, and the ever-present horns, which tastefully color everything
on the album.

But while the studio summit meeting of these great talents occasionally
roars, a lot of the finest work is somewhat subdued. There are some
very tasty ballads on the collection including the simply exquisite "Midnight
in Harlem," which reveals yet another dimension of Tedeschi's voice,
as well as "Simple Things," which celebrates life's everyday joys.

To put it straight, overall this falls just slightly short of the very high
expectations that come with any band fronted by Tedeschi and Trucks.
But it is one impressive starting point, featuring a staggering array of
musical talent. Here's to the live shows this summer and the great things
that can only happen when this band get more work under its belt.

[Edited on 6/10/2011 by woodsdweller]

 

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  posted on 6/5/2011 at 04:34 PM
Another opinion about music that has been over-influenced by Expectations, IMHO. This reviewer was expecting a roaring, slamming album and got a soothing, soulful one. His review suggests not so much anything about the lack of quality of the music but instead of how he had preconceived notions that he was unable to shake.

This is why it is a shame that CD reviews come out so quickly. I wonder if this guy had 2 more weeks to listen to the disc, would he come to hear it for what it is rather - than mainly comparing it to what he had assumed it would be? You know what happens when you assume...

 

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  posted on 6/5/2011 at 05:20 PM
Is it 3 1/2 stars out of 4 or out of 5?

 

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  posted on 6/5/2011 at 05:37 PM
It's pretty close to my view of the record. It's really tasty, but the songs aren't as strong as the musicianship. I'd probably give it four out of five

 

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  posted on 6/5/2011 at 05:49 PM
Can't get uptight if not every ABB-related album gets a 5-star review.

What I've heard from lots of people is that TTB is very good, but not great. A little too content to be really good, without that fire that makes something great. That's what this review seems to say, so I can't say it's entirely off.

 

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  posted on 6/5/2011 at 05:50 PM
Its got a good beat and easy to dance to. I'd give it a 97.

 

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  posted on 6/5/2011 at 06:04 PM
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Is it 3 1/2 stars out of 4 or out of 5?


I was wondering the same. No matter, I'll get it out of a sense of loyalty, as I did for WHB.

Stumbled on this a minute ago. Nice looking video.

http://www.vevo.com/watch/tedeschi-trucks-band/bound-for-glory/USSM21100940

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 10:29 AM
The AllMusicGuide review is more glowing than the first one I posted.....
Gives the album four out of five stars..

http://allmusic.com/album/revelator-r2186187

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 12:21 PM
Why get upset or all defensive about a review? What does it matter what a reviewer thinks? To me,it's whether i like it or not...as a rule w/mag's such as Rolling Stone,if they like something & give it a glowing review,I usually don't care for it. No review is gonna make me buy something...or not.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 02:03 PM
I'm hoping I find my CD copy of Revelator in the mailbox when I go home today, or if not, that I have a chance to download it before work tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to it regardless. I've heard the live versions of the preleased songs more than the studio versions, but the studio versions have grown on me.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 02:05 PM
Hear it now:

http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/9

[Edited on 6/7/2011 by Brock]

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 02:10 PM
Live or studio, Bound for Glory is one of the best songs I've heard in years.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 02:48 PM
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Live or studio, Bound for Glory is one of the best songs I've heard in years.


Great song!

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 03:51 PM
Hugh, I'm not upset about that review, but I do enjoy reading the music press, even (sometimes especially) when I disagree with it. I have certainly bought albums based on good reviews, especially while digging into music I do not know very well.

When completing my ABB collection, the reviews & opinions on this site led me to get more of the archive discs before I finally went out and got the Arista records, that's for sure!

My complain about the review was that it essentially said "This is not what I was expecting, and thus it rates a mediocre grade," rather than evaluating it for what it actually is. As I said, I do think that is the problem with having to review some albums very quickly; some music has to grow on you, and in some cases it has to get past your initial expectations.

I get a kick out of Rolling Stone mag's reviews of Rolling Stones albums as they come out. Almost every review sounds the same: "This new record does not achieve the greatness that the last one did." Every time! They were almost the same with Zepp. It was nice that Lester Bangs wrrote a re-appraisal of "Exile on Main Street" after a year of listening to it.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 04:46 PM
This was posted by tbomike on the DTB forum, but I agree with Hugh: what counts is what you think, not the reviewer:

This one surprises me a bit because the Boston Globe has always been a big supporter of Susan's and Derek as well.

http://www.boston.com/ae/music/cd_reviews/articles/2011/06/06/tedeschi_truc ks_band_revelator/

What went wrong here? Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks were each nominated for a Grammy in the best contemporary blues album category last year — Trucks ultimately winning for his exquisite “Already Free.’’ Expectations were high for this first joint record from the husband-and-wife team, but they generally settle for easy-listening, adult-contemporary blues music that rarely unleashes the power for which they are known. After a promising start with “Come See About Me’’ (suggesting a groove from the Allman Brothers Band of which Trucks is a member), they suddenly slip into a rut of seven straight slow songs. “Midnight in Harlem’’ is shockingly laid-back, given that one lyric conjures heroin needles on the ground. “Ball and Chain’’ has a title that suggests Janis Joplin punch, but it fades away. There’s finally some energy on the John Lee Hooker-like “Learn How to Love’’ and the funky “Love Has Something Else to Say,’’ but it feels too little, too late. Let’s hope they rock more next time. (Out tomorrow) STEVE MORSE

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 05:16 PM
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Hugh, I'm not upset about that review, but I do enjoy reading the music press, even (sometimes especially) when I disagree with it. I have certainly bought albums based on good reviews, especially while digging into music I do not know very well.

When completing my ABB collection, the reviews & opinions on this site led me to get more of the archive discs before I finally went out and got the Arista records, that's for sure!

My complain about the review was that it essentially said "This is not what I was expecting, and thus it rates a mediocre grade," rather than evaluating it for what it actually is. As I said, I do think that is the problem with having to review some albums very quickly; some music has to grow on you, and in some cases it has to get past your initial expectations.

I get a kick out of Rolling Stone mag's reviews of Rolling Stones albums as they come out. Almost every review sounds the same: "This new record does not achieve the greatness that the last one did." Every time! They were almost the same with Zepp. It was nice that Lester Bangs wrrote a re-appraisal of "Exile on Main Street" after a year of listening to it.


Got ya....I read reviews as well,just to see what they say...don't put any stock in them at all though.If anything,I go by folks I know & trust who've head something before me.
My fav. RS review was of my friends Black Oak Arkansas' 1st LP...they loved it & called them "Americas answer to the Rolling Stones",Well,I didn't particularly think it was that good,LOL..but anyway,they never gave them one favorable review again after that.Hated everything they did from then on. I've always found their reviews laughable.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 06:09 PM
I find that the reviews at the Allmusic.com site often fall in line with mine (or vice versa). That is a decent source for info and ideas.

The funniest review I ever read was in MUSICIAN magazine, which was a fun magazine while it lasted. The review was for the "supergroup" called GTR, and the review was 3 letters long: "SHT." Ouch!!!

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 07:01 PM
Haven't heard the CD yet, but from video clips I've said it before - for me the band is less than the sum of its parts/
 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 09:01 PM
Ideally I think a music review will put the album or the artist in context, talking about where the music is coming from, what they're trying to do, how well they pull it off, and that kind of thing - not just "it's good" or "it's bad," which is one person's taste and not very relevant to anyone else. So with that in mind

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they suddenly slip into a rut of seven straight slow songs.

Is pretty dumb. "There's too many slow songs" isn't a good criticism.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 09:03 PM
Dylan is a traitor for going electric!
 

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gotta like the Guy in England that yelled out "Judas" to Dylan between songs,LOL...I think he didn't dig it.

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 10:53 AM
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Haven't heard the CD yet, but from video clips I've said it before - for me the band is less than the sum of its parts/


But you haven't heard the CD yet...

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 10:54 AM
David Fricke's review in Rolling Stone is pretty fantastic:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/blogs/editors-picks/tedeschi-trucks-band- revelator-20110607

This meaty masterpiece is the debut of an 11-piece troupe co-led by guitarist Derek Trucks and his wife, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi. Revelator is also a turning point in Trucks' odyssey, since adolescence, toward a deep soul laced with Indo-slide ecstasy. He and Tedeschi, a perfect vocal foil, now front the best Dixie-funk family band since Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. Trucks' serpentine curls slither alongside Tedeschi's supple cries over crosscurrents of The Meters and The Band in "Bound for Glory" and "Midnight in Harlem." And she glows with fighting desire in the swamp-Stax plea "Until You Remember," like a female Otis Redding armed with the reincarnation of Duane Allman.

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 11:20 AM
My all time favorite album review........

"The review for "Shark Sandwich" was merely a two word review which simply read " **** Sandwich"."

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 02:37 PM
I love the album.

Funny thing is, I really like the studio cuts better than the live recordings at this point. I know that's kind of anathema to the way things are, but...

The cut of "Midnight In Harlem" is flawlessly perfect, IMO.

 

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