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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 08:36 AM
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 08:41 AM
This really surprises me. Wow.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 11:31 AM
This guy is obviously retarded. First of all Bound for Glory is not a slow song. And who cares if there are more slow songs on the album. They are great songs. Don't let me slide, midnight in Harlem, simple things, these walls. With the exception of maybe 1 or 2 songs it's almost half and half. Not that it matters.
 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 03:54 PM
It makes me think of that scene in the movie "The Jerk" when Steve Martin comes to grips with the discovery that the African American family that raised him is not his biological family, and he confesses that their blues music is so depressing!
 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 04:05 PM
Please. Steve Morse knows more in his pinky than most people about music. That doesn't mean his opinion of this cd is right or wrong or more correct than yours or my opinion but he is not retarded. And what the Jerk has to do with this review I won't even try and figure out.

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 04:56 PM
To some degree I felt the same way about Already Free: The studio version paled to in comparison to hearing the songs played live. But I will have to wait until I hear the album to comment on the review.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 05:16 PM
having listened to the new album online there seems to be about 2-4 decent songs & Derek plays some stunning leads.
 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 05:48 PM
In the review he only picks 3 out of a possible 12 to discuss and his first reaction is "It's a allman brothers style song....It's a janis joplin style song.....It's a John Lee Hooker style song.

Just lazy journalism and poor music review all around. Steve Morse is retarded.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 06:13 PM
Steve Morse was one of Susan's earliest champions. His reviews were linked on her old site. Your use of the word retarded indicates you must be all of 12 years old.
 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 06:48 PM
tbomike, I don't think you want to get me started. I might be 12 years old but I've been doin your mom since I was 7, so just stop before i make you cry.

Anyway, seriously a really lazy review.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 06:53 PM
You are a real intellectual that much is clear.
 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 07:30 PM
tbomike, I'm just laughing because in the same way Steve Martin's character seems so frustrated that the blues are so DEPRESSING (clearly not realizing that's the actual point of that music), this reviewer laments that this album has a "rut of seven straight slow songs."

The reviewer has heard the album. I have not. However, I believe Susan and Derek knew/know what they are doing. If on first listen, I am surprised that there are 7 slow songs in a row, then the second time through, I will consider their intention in arranging it like that, rather than lamenting that it does not turn out like the Allmans or Janis Joplin.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 07:30 PM
And you are very mature for trying to pick a fight with a 12 year old.
 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 08:01 PM
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tbomike, I'm just laughing because in the same way Steve Martin's character seems so frustrated that the blues are so DEPRESSING (clearly not realizing that's the actual point of that music), this reviewer laments that this album has a "rut of seven straight slow songs."

The reviewer has heard the album. I have not. However, I believe Susan and Derek knew/know what they are doing. If on first listen, I am surprised that there are 7 slow songs in a row, then the second time through, I will consider their intention in arranging it like that, rather than lamenting that it does not turn out like the Allmans or Janis Joplin.


Steve Morse of the Glove was one of Susan's earliest supporters. On his favorite cd list of 2008 the first cd listed was:

SUSAN TEDESCHI “Back to the River’’ (Verve) Funky, bluesy, acid-rocky, and just plain fabulous, this record marks a dramatic return for the Norwell-bred Tedeschi. She cowrites almost all the songs and is backed by the likes of husband Derek Trucks and Eric Clapton guitarist Doyle Bramhall II.

Susan herself has put his reviews on her site before. He is a huge fan of blues, of Derek Trucks, of the Allman Brothers etc so that he wrote this review was a surprise. He is one of the most known reviewers ever and knows the blues. He was a fan of Susans probably before just about anyone on this site ever heard of her.

 

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tbomike, I'm just laughing because in the same way Steve Martin's character seems so frustrated that the blues are so DEPRESSING (clearly not realizing that's the actual point of that music), this reviewer laments that this album has a "rut of seven straight slow songs."

The reviewer has heard the album. I have not. However, I believe Susan and Derek knew/know what they are doing. If on first listen, I am surprised that there are 7 slow songs in a row, then the second time through, I will consider their intention in arranging it like that, rather than lamenting that it does not turn out like the Allmans or Janis Joplin.


Steve Morse of the Glove was one of Susan's earliest supporters. On his favorite cd list of 2008 the first cd listed was:

SUSAN TEDESCHI “Back to the River’’ (Verve) Funky, bluesy, acid-rocky, and just plain fabulous, this record marks a dramatic return for the Norwell-bred Tedeschi. She cowrites almost all the songs and is backed by the likes of husband Derek Trucks and Eric Clapton guitarist Doyle Bramhall II.

Susan herself has put his reviews on her site before. He is a huge fan of blues, of Derek Trucks, of the Allman Brothers etc so that he wrote this review was a surprise. He is one of the most known reviewers ever and knows the blues. He was a fan of Susans probably before just about anyone on this site ever heard of her.


He knew about Susan before any of us? Oh, Wow I didn't know that. That means he is very smart and this is a great review!! Wow it's crazy that finding out someone has known about Susan longer than me totally makes me change my opinion on the subject........haha how retarded

I know you have somewhat of a "boner" for this guy mike, but seriously his REVIEW is bad. Not the album, does it even count as a review? "Midnight In Harlem is shockingly laid back..."? It sounds the same way live, that's how the song IS. I just heard the album version over at the AOL album listening party and it sounds amazing! Derek's solo is just as forceful and as long as it should be. Steve Morse must have been drunk when he did this review cuz it's a stinker.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2011 at 09:01 PM
tbo, I'm not suggesting that Steve Morse (whose work with the Dregs I love! yeah I'm sure he gets that a lot! d'oh ;-)) does not understand the blues. Navin R. Johnson in "The Jerk" does not understand the blues.

I just don't know if Steve Morse understands where these folks are going with this album.

If Morse has heard and loved what Derek does with the ABB, or did with the DTB, maybe he was expecting more of the same, rather than this new band's emphasis on song and groove. If he loves Susan being "bluesy and acid-rocky," maybe a new soul sound from her is not what he was expecting.

Again, I have not heard the album, so he has the advantage, but his point that "Midnight in Harlem" is shockingly laid back is lost on me, in part because I HAVE heard it before and know that it usually does sound sweet and mellow, so I will not be upset by that, but also his objection that the laid-back feel goes against the gritty lyrics doesn't hold up for me. Rock and blues are full of songs where the artist pairs happy music with dark lyrics and even vice versa.

My disc arrives tomorrow, and if I find it lackluster after a few spins, I will testify. In the meantime, though, some of these reviews just sound like the reviewer expected the disc to sound the way he expected - the same way reviewers initially bashed "Exile" for not sounding as hard-edged as "Sticky Fingers," or bashed "In A Silent Way" for not sounding like "E.S.P." - and don't fully consider what the artist IS going for.

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 09:44 AM
Critics have generally loved Derek over the years but I've had a feeling they were going to be less positive about this album (not that one review proves I'm right) because this band isn't as eclectic and musically challenging. We'll see. Meanwhile, like I wrote in the other thread, "Too many slow songs!" isn't a useful or interesting criticism. It's more like what I would expect to hear from the drunk guy behind me at the Metallica show.

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 10:58 AM
Too many slow songs... Funny stuff. I guess he was expecting a disco album?
 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 11:30 AM
I much prefer the Rolling Stone review:

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

Back to the Morse review... I am a little annoyed by the conflation of down-tempo with low-energy. Also Derek addresses the tempos in an interview I read recently (forgot which one, too many to keep track of right now). His basic point was that they wanted to have the best songs on there and it just so happened that a bunch of them were slower. Then he went on to talk about how much of a challenge it is to play and to shine at mid-tempo. Anyway while I think we'd all grant that reviewers are entitled to their own opinions, this does seem like an instance where expectations of a fast, rocking album (perhaps made up of 12 versions of "Get What You Deserve") got in the way of offering a more substantive review.

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 12:04 PM
People People. Can't we all just get along?

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 12:13 PM
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People People. Can't we all just get along?


People is a Susan song.

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 02:11 PM
Is this THE Steve Morse reviewing this album or is it just some knowledgable journalist sharing the same name?

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 02:47 PM
it's a bad review but most other reviews have been good. Who else loves Shrimp and Grits interlude? I could have done with more stuff in that style, but I think this album is much, much stronger than Already Free.

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 03:03 PM
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it's a bad review but most other reviews have been good. Who else loves Shrimp and Grits interlude? I could have done with more stuff in that style, but I think this album is much, much stronger than Already Free.


Agreed. Shrimp and Grits is pretty cool. I think it's basically the same jam they do for their "Five Minute Rule" live. Don't forget to check out the ending of Shelter for the hidden track at the end. "Shrimp and Grits Pt.2! Even more Derek than the first one.

 

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  posted on 6/7/2011 at 03:12 PM
That jam at the end of Shelter is incredible. Probably my favorite part of the CD. I remember hearing something about that from Bobby Tis. That was the first thing recorded when they installed the board in their studio. They turned it on, hit record and that's what came out. Pretty sick!
 
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