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Back To The River
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  • Outstanding 70's Influenced Blues Rock
    Back To The River is the latest CD from Susan Tedeschi, but it is the first CD of hers that I have owned. While I can't speak to her full body of work, this is an excellent CD. This is blues infused rock at its best. The opening track "Talking About" has an opening riff that calls to mind Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog". In addition this song showcases Tedeschi's penchant for powerful vocal delivery on the chorus. I've been listening to this CD for over three months now, and I still get sucked in every time. Tedeschi gears down quickly on "700 Houses", a pensive song that seems to be inspired by Hurricane Katrina or some other devastating storm. Continuing in variety, "Back To The River" hearkens back to Jimmie Hendrix with the heavy use of "wah-wah" pedal effects on the guitars. Sticking with '70's influences, "Love Will" calls to mind Carlos Santana with its opening riff. The same could be said of the extremely mellow "People" which she co-wrote with labelmate Sonya Kitchell. The lyrics on this track would easily be at home on Kitchell's latest CD This Storm. Other strong tracks include the pensive "Learning The Hard Way" and the bluesiest track on the CD, "Can't Sleep At Night". The one misstep on Back To The River is "Revolutionize Your Soul". Here Tedeschi strays into more of a bluesy R&B sound, but this is not really her strength. It is not awful, but it just seems out of place among the other 10 extremely strong tracks. I recommend this CD to anyone who is fan of 70's influenced blues rock.

    Download this: Talking About...more info
  • Original, Contemporary Blues-Rock Sounds
    This CD features a nice variety of modern, bluesy songs driven by Susan's outstanding singing and versatile guitar playing. The songs are supported by a good band and includes some nice horn backing on several tracks.

    It is not straight-ahead twelve-bar blues but a mix of more varied chord progressions, some of which sound similar to Robert Cray's modern blues songs.

    Use of guitar effects is sparse and tasteful and includes some good wah-wah playing. The guitar solos and fill-ins sometimes sound (to me) like Harvey Mandel's work with Charlie Musselwhite and Canned Heat.

    The recording features clear definition of the various instruments. It's a very good album for listeners who appreciate original songs driven by solid blues/rock guitar playing....more info
  • Amazing
    What an excellent display of her talents. Guest musicians provide the touch that makes her music so magical....more info
  • FANTASTIC
    A SUPER JOB BY A VERY TALENTED LADY. EVERY SONG IS GREAT. THE KIND OF CD YOU JUST WANT TO PLAY CONSISTENTLY OVER AND OVER, WHAT A PAIR SHE MAKES WITH HER HUSBAND. RECCOMENDED HIGHLY...more info
  • Awesome
    Susan is great and this album is awesome. The second song, 700 houses with Derek Trucks on guitar is just mind blowing. Susan is someone who makes you feel the music and this album has great feeling, great songs, great playing, and is just Great!!! I cant wait for Derek Truck's New Album to come out later in January (09) and think its great that two fabulous musicians got together. This album will make anyone a fan of Susan and will make hardcore fans love her even more!!...more info
  • Production values
    This is not a comment about the artist or the music. The production on the vinyl copy I have is woeful. It is so highly compressed it is sometimes impossible to hear a clear high frequency and the bottom is quite muddy. I can easily hear her voice being limited...ouch. Why oh why do modern recordings have the life compressed out of them! Especially on vinyl; maybe its necessary for mobiles but not for loverly vinyl....more info
  • Original, Contemporary Blues-Rock Sounds
    This CD features a nice variety of modern, bluesy songs driven by Susan's outstanding singing and versatile guitar playing. The songs are supported by a good band and includes some nice horn backing on several tracks.

    It is not straight-ahead twelve-bar blues but a mix of more varied chord progressions, some of which sound similar to Robert Cray's modern blues songs.

    Use of guitar effects is sparse and tasteful and includes some good wah-wah playing. The guitar solos and fill-ins sometimes sound (to me) like Harvey Mandel's work with Charlie Musselwhite and Canned Heat.

    The recording features clear definition of the various instruments. It's a very good album for listeners who appreciate original songs driven by solid blues/rock guitar playing....more info
  • Amazing
    What an excellent display of her talents. Guest musicians provide the touch that makes her music so magical....more info
  • Very good
    I have been familiar with Susan for years. I have heard previous albums and could not quite get myself to buy any.
    I was at the store yesterday and saw her new release and figured "what the heck" and bought it.
    I was plesently surprised.
    I find myself listening to not only her but Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall 11 backing her along with her band. The guitar is nothing short of excellent. You can hear a very strong Eric Clapton influence in her music. She also has a Janis Joplin influence as well as Bonnie Raitt.
    This in my mind is a must album for any fan. I have listened to it several times now and find myself liking it more and more..
    Derek and his wife are a killer combination and both are at their very best. She writes her own songs and is at the top of her game.
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  • Refreshing new music
    As a guitar player and long time blues/rock enthusiast I am quite impressed with this album. The songs are soulful and the lyrics meaningful. Susan's guitar playing has grown nicely and her tone on that semi-hollow electric is beautiful. It is refreshing to see/hear a woman who isn't afraid to be feminine in a male dominated industry. Her voice ranges from beautifully soulful to raspy. Although she is a pleasure to behold, she does not rely on sex appeal (or at least does not need to or appear to) to sell her music. Seeing her singing on the old Derek & the Dominos song, Anyday, at the Clapton Crossroad 2007 festival with husband Derek Trucks' band was one of the highlights of that show. Having him guest on a couple of tracks adds a measure of dynamics that can't be quantified solely in musical terms. Buy this album if your ear to brain signal is filtered through your heart and soul........more info
  • Yawn
    Love Susan Tedeschi! but this cd didn't give me goose bumps like the others did. I'd rather hear her do old standards her way that what we got from her this time.
    To bad for me. ...more info
  • FANTASTIC
    A SUPER JOB BY A VERY TALENTED LADY. EVERY SONG IS GREAT. THE KIND OF CD YOU JUST WANT TO PLAY CONSISTENTLY OVER AND OVER, WHAT A PAIR SHE MAKES WITH HER HUSBAND. RECCOMENDED HIGHLY...more info