What does it sound like?:
William Royce Scaggs previous album, 2013’s Memphis, was one of my top albums of that year. I think this new one could be even better. Boz is 70 years old and his voice has lost none of it’s soul. The musicians on this album are a stellar crew; Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Ray Parker Jr., Jim Cox and a great horn section. With guest appearances from Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams, 3 bonus tracks that are as good as anything on the album, this surely can’t fail. But it’s the song choices that raise the bar on this wonderful record. Curtis Mayfield’s I’m So Proud just floats, Richard Hawley’s gorgeous There’s A Storm A’ Comin’ is sung beautifully and Rick Danko’s Small Town Talk is just perfect. Add to that, Boz’s own Hell To Pay, with Ms. Raitt playing some filthy slide, a gorgeous version of Al Green’s Full Of Fire and half a dozen other classics and this is simply a great album. It sounds like Boz is in the room, the recording is so good. The Latin feel to Last Tango On 16th Street is perfect for his smoky, soul-soaked voice and the band play it so delicately, Jim Cox’s piano sounding like he’s in a shack-bar in a Cuban backstreet. I love the Memphis album so much. This new one is another contender for Album Of The Year.
What does it all *mean*?
Boz sounds like he’s enjoying himself more than ever. Steve Jordan is the perfect producer for him and the musicians are having a blast.
Goes well with…
Lights down, a late night whisky and a loved one in your arms.
Might suit people who like…
Memphis, 60’s soul, soft blues.