CD Reviews: A Soul Revival

Last year we had James Hunter bringing us back some old school soul mixed with his smooth style. Now let’s see where the trend has taken us.

Ryan Shaw; This is Ryan Shaw

There is a version of Otis Redding’s “I Found A Love” that is worth the price of this CD alone. He hits this one out of the ball park and you would think that Otis has come back from beyond. This CD has a lot to like about it, from the old school soul and Mr. Shaw’s choice of songs that include a few originals. This does not quite match up to James Hunter’s effort of last year, but I see a lot of promise here. “Looking for a Love” and ” I’ll Always Love You” stand out on this release, but others like “Do the 45” and the live “Mish Mash Soul” seem like they need a little more polishing. This is a CD I would recommend, but really would recommend to look out for future releases from Ryan Shaw as he has a ton of talent and I can’t wait to see where he takes it.
8 out of 10

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings- 100 Days, 100 Nights

Wow, this lady can sing. This release will definitely take you back a few years and make you think you are hearing a long lost release from the 1960’s. As one reviewer said on Amazon ” This is original soul music performed by musicians playing real instruments and a woman who can really sing.” If that is what you are looking for, then this is a CD for you. The title cut is wonderful along with “Be Easy” and “When the Other Foot Drop, Uncle”. This is old school R&B as you remember it and none of the in your face rap that the genre eventually became. If Sharon Jones keeps this kind of effort going, she could eventually rise up there with the likes of Aretha or Etta James. Yes, she could be that good!
9 out of 10


~ by thedark2 on November 16, 2007.

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