Tedeschi Trucks Band | Revelator

Sony Masterworks (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  June 9, 2011
3.5 3.5 Stars

Tedeschi Trucks Band, 'Revelator'

If you like your summer soundtrack replete with the familial, genre-stir-fried Good Life incarnate, then this CD is right in your friggin' wheelhouse. The Tedeschi Trucks Band, an 11-piece rock ensemble led by husband-wife duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, does its bluesy soul-rock thang with a dose of church, preaching about life and love's simple pleasures. "You make me wanna wake up in the morning," Tedeschi sings all gangbusters on "Don't Let Me Slide," while Trucks's slide guitar, an Allman-approved tone that's been slaying jam fests since he was underage, gets equally happy. This is Stevie Wonder or Yo La Tengo territory, fearlessly approaching touchy-feely domestic ground where many fear to tread. They own it, too, getting into heavy funk on "Learn How To Love" and a blustery flute-augmented groove on "Love Has Something Else To Say" — marching to the beat of absolute contentedness, or proudly seeking it out. "Looking for life without sorrow, love without pain" goes the searching refrain in "Simple Things," while the band — rhythm, horns, and voices all — resides somewhere up on that musical higher ground.
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