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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00005NHJU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Talk about your odd left turns. Rory Block, mainly known in the blues world for her acoustic Delta stylings, doesn't quite plug in her guitar for I'm Every Woman (yes, the title track is a cover of the Whitney Houston tune), but there are some electric instruments in there, right enough. Perhaps not content with sticking to the Delta, Block wanders further afield than usual with this CD, exploring gospel, R&B, and folk territory. For her backing band, Block has a host of guest stars that would do anyone proud: Pacific Northwestern folk-bluesman Kelly Joe Phelps, Piedmont mainstays Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, contemporary blues star Keb' Mo', Saffire's Gaye Adegbalola, and Block's own son Jordan are among those Block duets with, to excellent results. This release will certainly surprise Block's fans--especially the Whitney Houston cover--but her talent, sincerity, and heartfelt expressiveness carry the day. --Genevieve Williams

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on February 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Rory Block is well known as an interpreter of electrified country blues but here, she took a detour in doing soul covers, which may have irritated her core fans. On the other hand, maybe a change in style is as good as a rest, provided it's well-performed. The guitar ditties that introduce and close the album is the only semblance of her usual style.
The title track of this album is a cover of Chaka Khan's hit song. The present of disco synths and thumping drums along with her acoustic slide guitar is quite a change from what one expects, but it's still good, as it doesn't trash the original.
Then comes Curtis Mayfield's "Fool For You" shows she can handle soul music with equal aplomb thanks to the female backing chorus.
"Sea Lion Woman" is an example of a capella chant, and one of the few traditional songs she performs. Another is the stark a capella "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down" which was recorded at a church in New York and sports some gospel backup singers. Block's voice retains its hardy power even in her upper soulful ranges.
She does Al Green's "Tired Of Being Alone" with the horns duplicating 70's soul stylings. One of my favourites here is her cover of the smooth and laid back "Love TKO" by Womack and Womack.
Her rendition of the traditional song "Rock Island Line" popularized by Leadbelly. The instrumentation is clapping and harmonica, with vocals shared with Paul Rishell and Annie Raines.
Block wrote the romantic "Talkin' 'Bout My Man" which is a nod to gospel-tinged soul, with a piano arrangement and backing singers that gives it a 70's flavour. Another standout track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Lopate on December 3, 2003
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Praise the heavens, this woman can soar with a vocal range that must hit at least seven octaves-and she can unleash a blues explosion on acoustic guitar with a slide for the fuse. The title song has enough shakin' and bakin' to burn those extra calories, but it's her stunning voice that gives you a workout through a firewalk on 2000-degree coals with blistering gospel numbers like "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down." Love has found a maiden as strong as steel when someone has to take a stand and be the backbone of R&B tradition, or as delicate as silk when Rory's got the testifying need to be "Talkin' `Bout My Man."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Howard Teitel on February 17, 2002
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on the new cd filled with versions of classic r & b to acoustic blues rory guitar playong is perfect and her singing brings you back to the masters of years past. the music is enriched with tradition and deep rooted feeling for the music she loves. with
guest appearences by kebmo and kelly joe phillips and others there is something for eveyone from the great duet pretty polly with kelly joe and here electric version of feel like breaking up someone home, there is every type of blues on this cd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2002
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I'm used to the acoustic delta blues Rory Block, so didn't know if I would take to this album of mostly R&B covers, but Block proves she can do it all. She's got a range that can handle everything from low growls to high moans, and her take on most of these tunes is just great. There are also a few blues and country tracks, so that it really covers the gamut. I admire her guts in trying to do an album like this, and I've got to hand it to her -- she does a helluva job!
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