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At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as ... Read more in Amazon's Shemekia Copeland Store

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  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B00006ISD3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Shemekia Copeland has already scored numerous awards and accolades, but this is the young singer's real artistic breakthrough. While Copeland's first two CDs were at times marred by ham-fisted musical support and subpar songwriting, she is now free to unfurl the subtle, soulful side of her big voice. "Don't Whisper" sounds like a lost Memphis classic--the kind of tearjerker Ann Peebles might have cut. Copeland pours her vocals like warmed honey over the song's sad lyrics and an arrangement that balances producer Dr. John's delicate piano with edgy, tremoloed guitars. She turns soft and breathy on the lovely, jazz-inflected ballad "Happy Valentine's Day," evoking a worldly, relaxed beauty that belies her 23 years. There's plenty of full-tilt belting, too. "Sholanda's," a tongue-in-cheek trip to a beauty parlor, balances her power with graceful New Orleans-flavored drums and slide. And "The Push I Need" is a playful duet with Dr. John that's sprightly and smart enough to sidestep clichés. Overall, there's a sense of poised musicianship at work, which makes Talking to Strangers emotionally tempered and rewarding. --Ted Drozdowski

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Don Brown on October 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Opening with Arthur Neilson's slide guitar, "LIVIN' ON LOVE" kick starts the highly anticipated TALKING TO STRANGERS, Shemekia Copeland's new CD that's chock full of hot cuts. "TWO'S A CROWD" is a rocking blues number that shows off Shemekia's powerful pipes.
Copeland gives it to the dogs out there with "WHEN A WOMAN'S HAD ENOUGH". During "SHOULD HAVE COME HOME", Shemekia repents for the women who have made mistakes in their relationships. The driving rhythm of this song will stay on your mind. The emotional feelings that Copeland conveys on the songs "DON'T WHISPER" and "TALKING TO STRANGERS" shows just what the teeny bopper superstars are missing.
Producer Dr. John turns performer with his piano solo on "TOO CLOSE", which helps bring out the smoldering side of Shemekia. "KA-CHING" tells of the lighter side of life. Even having fun, her voice rings true. Dr. John then brings out the soulful side of Shemekia on their duet, "THE PUSH I NEED". She then burns a hole through your heart on "HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY", with all the pain in her voice.
Ending her CD with "PIE IN THE SKY", a song by her late father blues great Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia shows that though she may be daddy's little girl, her great big voice makes her so much more than that. Certainly, she is no stranger to the blues.
Don Brown Sr. writes for Caught Live Too! and Las Vegas Blues --BLUES.LVJAZZ.COM
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Van Wagenen on January 14, 2003
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Shemekia Copeland just may be the most exciting female singer we've seen since Aretha Franklin, and with this CD, she truly reaches her stride. There is not many times when you have 15 tracks and ALL of them are good, but this is one of those rare disks. Her big, soulful voice adds a new dimension to the blues, superbly produced by old pro Dr. John (who plays keyboards on some of the tracks). She comes across as real in all her tunes here, ranging from the playful ("Livin' on Love"), the mournful ("Happy Valentine's Day", a beautiful slow ballad; "Talking to Strangers", "Should Have Come Home"); the vengeful ("Ka-ching"), the introspective ("The Push I Need", a duet with Dr John) and even her offbeat ode to the owner of a beauty salon ("Sholanda's"). I guarantee you will hear much more about this young singer in the years to come, so enjoy her now. Very highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Morris on December 12, 2005
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A while back, I had heard Shemekia talked about as a serious new blues singer by several people who I know to know what they're talking about. So I filed her name in my head for future reference as an artist worth looking into. Shortly thereafter I came upon this album in the blues section of my local store, and immediately decided to take a chance when I noticed that the album opens with Livin' On Love, a tune which had been recorded a few years ago by my favorite singer, Tracy Nelson. Good music begets good music, and I've found that albums produced by singers who are classy enough to pick great songs like Livin' On Love generally proffer superior material throughout.

I had no idea. After buying Talking To Strangers and playing it four times in one night, I went back to the record store the next day and bought two more of her albums, Turn the Heat Up and Wicked. While those two were not quite the standouts that Talking To Stranger turned out to be, I'm not sorry I got them. In time, I came to like them as much for different reasons, but let me tell everybody here and now - no matter which of her albums you choose to acquire, this woman can SING.

Besides the aforementioned Livin' On Love, Talking To Strangers is a veritable smorgasbord of good, old-fashioned funk. Happy Valentines Day, Don't Whisper and When A Woman's Had Enough are standouts. Ms. Copeland pretty much sings about affairs of the heart, both requited and otherwise, and the title track is about as apt and truthful an assessment of the singles dating scene that I have ever encountered. For great comic relief, there's a tune called Sholanda's that had me splitting my sides.

If urban contemporary blues is your thing, I highly recommend Talking To Strangers. If you know nothing about contemporary blues, it's a good place to start.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 11, 2003
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Shemekia can perform like nobody's business. Saw her in an outdoor gig in NYC on 7/11/03, and she brought the house down. Incredible voice, particularly given her young age. Fantastic stage presence. Great band. Just a jaw-dropping hard-core blues experience. Don't miss her, and BUY THIS CD. We got all three, and had them signed at the show.
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