Eli Paperboy Reed: Come and Get It (Capitol)

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Eli Paperboy Reed: Come and Get It (Capitol)

The previous album by this white boy singin' soul music -- Roll With You -- was considered a Best of Elsewhere 2008 release but didn't quite make it into mainstream media or thinking.

This time around, for a slightly lesser album, he's been picking up big press . . . and again he certainly deserves it.

He may have come from Boston but he sounds steeped in the spirits of Memphis, Motown and Stax soul, Otis and Sam Cooke, the "wicked Pickett" and classy pop writers like Smokey Robinson.

Here however he also breaks out the terrific horn section for a blistering r'n'b soul shouting on Just Like Me and Come and Get It (complete with James Brown throat-tearing shouts).

With a terrific band, a winning collection of originals (and a cover of the obscure Young Girl), Eli Paperboy Reed writes the headline large that soul music is in excellent and knowledgeable hands -- and in fine voice.

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