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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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Kevin Corcoran Jr

With eleven members... it's either going to be a complete mess, or an amazing ensemble in which each instrument compliments each other. This record is even more than the latter.. every instrument works in tandem beautifully and the female vocals on the top of everything absolutely shine. It's got a feel of the 70's jazzy/bluesy tunes, a splash of 80's catchiness, a hint of 90's alternative, and a shiny 2000's production value. Overall it is a great album for EVERYONE to enjoy. My parents love it, my friends love it, and I love it!
Posted: June 13 2011 at 11:56 AM

Kevin Corcoran Jr

With eleven members... it's either going to be a complete mess, or an amazing ensemble in which each instrument compliments each other. This record is even more than the latter.. every instrument works in tandem beautifully and the female vocals on the top of everything absolutely shine. It's got a feel of the 70's jazzy/bluesy tunes, a splash of 80's catchiness, a hint of 90's alternative, and a shiny 2000's production value. Overall it is a great album for EVERYONE to enjoy. My parents love it, my friends love it, and I love it!
Posted: June 13 2011 at 11:59 AM

Ade Kassim

Tedeschi Trucks Band are group unlike any other. Helmed by Two greats, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, it's no surprise that their music is pure genius!
Posted: June 20 2011 at 6:54 AM
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