Graham Reid | | <1 min read
The result is a delightful 14-song album of understated, utterly engaging, often intimate originals with tight horns, emotional vocals and memorable hooks.
There is deep soul here (1 Step 2 Far, the utterly gorgeous Come To Me with it's lyrical detail and Memphis horns), witty and upbeat soul steppers (Who's Yudu?, Smoocher, the New Orleans-woozy Sweet As), late-night soul-blues (Bedtime for Baby, the Al Green-influenced Let the Tears Flow and Counting the Cost) and thoughtful slo-mo soul like That's How it Works which opens with “that's how it works, you fire a shot and it hurts, I fire back that makes it worse . . .”
That insightful kind of lyrical economy is everywhere here and an unburnished honesty in these deliveries also.
The titles of the final two tracks sum this one up: I'm Still Here (a sad, country farewell from one who can't leave) and Sweet Sweet Love.
They are still here, and this is indeed sweet.