Tracy Nelson has just released her 20th album and it's a very good album as well. The album has a few guests, notably Marcia Ball, Mike Henderson and The Memphis
The CD starts with a Will Jennings song, "You Will Find Me There"
which is a gorgeous mid tempo melodic Gospel type song.
Mike Henderson supplies a good guitar solo and even Tracy's
Hairdresser singing the Bass voice parts does a good job.
I liked the duet Tracy sings with Marcia Ball, "Got A New Truck"
which was written by the both of them and features some typical
wonderful piano playing from Marcia. Tracy also does a good
cover of Mose Allison's "How Much Truth" with a good arrangement
from Reese Wynans, who's piano playing is top notch throughout
this jazz number.
"Even Now" is probably my favourite song on the album, written
by David Egan it has a lush arrangement which seems to glide
the song along with Tracy giving a tender yet powerful soulful
vocal delivery, accompanied by some first class backing vocals.
"Last Chance" written by Alice Newman who also sings on the
song, has an Irish feel to it. "Quicksand" is a raunchy rocky hard
hitting song written by Sax player Terry Hanck who also plays
sax on it. "Strongest Weakness" comes in two different versions,
with two different rhythm sections, one version is guitar & Horn
lead with a strong riff throughout. The Horns are of course the
great Memphis Horns. The other version of "Strongest Weakness"
is more subtle with some good Hammond Organ instead of the driving
horns, I have to be honest and say that this was the best of the
two versions for me.
The album has a good mix of styles, from Jazz, Blues, Soul and even
Country. Tracy has crafted this album with love and I do feel it is
one of the best albums of her career. The CD booklet is also a good
self-conscious look at the album by Tracy, giving the listener an
insight to why, who and how Tracy recorded the songs on the album.
The Album is well worth getting as it is a damn good listen.
Tracy Nelson has a website: www.tracynelson.com
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