Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Good God Y'All!

After consistent tardiness from church I decided to spend Sunday afternoon doing a few minor chores and trawling through my iTunes library. Under gospel I came across this little gem - 2009s "What Have You Done My Brother?" by Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens. This lovely mix of old school blues/ gospel had me nearly in tears with it's mournful lyrics of struggle and sorrow - like any good blues album it spoke of wisdom that came only through immense suffering while all the while letting us know (in the most reassuring maternal way) that there is a bright light ahead -  the authentic Negro Spiritual!

Favourite songs are 'I'll Take the Long Road', 'By Your Side' and a melancholic rendition of 'A Change is Gonna Come' a spiritual made famous by Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Me and Mrs. Jones

The sensational new album from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Their commitment to 1960s and 70s funk/ soul makes it hard to believe that this album came out in 2010 and one could be forgiven for hearing faint traces of Amy Winehouse for the Dap Kings worked extensively on her critically acclaimed album, Back to Black.

My two favourite tracks are 'Mama Don't Like My Man' and 'She Aint a Child No More'. Definitely something you want to play during a dinner party, it will have your guests tapping their feet while you can bask under their adoring gaze.
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