First new studio album in 3 years by this Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/guitarist, is an instant classic! Produced by Joe Henry, a great artist in his own right, this recording focuses purely on Tedeschi's amazing talents as a vocalist, establishing her skills as a world class interpreter of other's material. The songs are written and/or inspired by a diverse and impressive list of artists including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, The Rolling Stones and more. Verve. 2005.
The sweet, husky mix of sugar and sandpaper in two-time Grammy nominee Susan Tedeschi's voice breathes sultry life into the art of classic soul singing on Hope and Desire
, her fourth album. It's somewhat disappointing that she's chosen to defer her own songwriting in favor of classics and obscurities by Ray Charles ("Tired of My Tears"), Dylan ("Lord Protect My Child"), the Rolling Stones ("You Got the Silver"), and others. She's also left her guitar at home, assigning the exceptional playing to Clapton sideman Doyle Bramhall, Jr., and her husband, the Allman Brothers' Derek Trucks. But it's thrilling how Tedeschi applies her gospel-trained vocalizing to these 12 numbers, all tales of hope and desire, delivered at an unhurried pace so the delicate filigrees of her phrasing make them resonate with absolute emotional conviction. By the time the album closes with the gut-bucket blues "The Dangerzone," Teseschi's easily made the case for her third Grammy nod. --Ted Drozdowski