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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Made Up Mind

Many years ago I had a horrific interview for a position as a sound engineer for the BBC. Needless to say I didn't get the job as my mathematic skills are virtually non-existent. However, I did learn during the course of the interview exactly how stereo works and how stereo helps the listener to work out exactly where everybody and everything is in the room being recorded. Therein lies one of the many, many joys of Made Up Mind. Namely that everything is in exactly the correct spot for this is a pristine, virtually faultless album and the first time I have ever unleashed the full five stars.

In many ways the TTB are a remarkably easy band to revue; basically the world's most emotive female singer (Susan Tedeschi) sings infront of the most sublimely wonderful band with Derek Trucks providing hitherto unheard of genius on the slide guitar and yes the unheard genius bit is a seriously massive claim isn't it? If you are in any doubt give a listen to "Do I Look Worried" and fall hopelessly in love with this band.

With every member of the band being so musically proficient it would be quite simple to let egos get in the way and create a horrible mish-mash especially as the album is at different turns jazz, soul, rock, pop but never does the listener feel anything but warmth and joy as for instance when the flute and guitar combine at the beginning of "Idle Wind". In practically any other band in the world Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers would be major stars, here they add glorious texture as indeed do the rest of the band who have given genuine music lovers the chance to rejoice and reject the plastic rubbish which masquerades as music in the present day. Now I must go and locate some sunglasses, slip on "Part of Me" and feel great about life.

Track Listing:

  1. Made Up Mind
  2. Do I Look Worried
  3. Idle Wind
  4. Misunderstood
  5. Part of Me
  6. Whiskey Legs
  7. It's So Heavy
  8. All That I Need
  9. Sweet and Low
  10. Calling Out to You

Added: October 8th 2013
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2773
Language: english

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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Made Up Mind
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-10-08 06:38:26
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Simon is basically spot on in his review above of Made Up Mind; this is wonderful stuff by a band that should be superstars at this point. Forget all the MTV/VH1 hipster acts, the Tedeschi Trucks Band is where it's at folks. Southern Rock, funk, soul, pop, jazz, blues...this thing has it all. The lovely, sultry vocals of Susan Tedeschi just soar over a wall of sound from the band, with husband Derek Trucks stabbing into the mix with his fiery slide guitar licks on his trusty Gibson SG. Horns, flute, and keyboards add just the right touch throughout, especially on the blues-funk of "Misunderstood". Highlights are many, but don't miss "Do I Look Worried", "Made Up Mind", and the irresistible "Idle Wind", where Tedeschi's alluring vocals just take you to the heavens. And, if there's ever been THE 'get up on your feet and groove' song, "Part of Me" is that song. Derek's blistering, fuzz & wah-wah drenched licks permeate the rocker "Whiskey Legs", and he pulls out all the stops on the psychedelic heavy rock of "The Storm", as savage guitar riffs and solos provide plenty of exciting ear candy.

Yep, this is indeed great stuff...check it out.

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