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The Soul Truth

Shemekia CopelandAudio CD
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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 (August 16, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator
  • ASIN: B0009ZD0EO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Produced by renowned Stax guitarist Steve Cropper (who also adds his stellar guitar playing to the CD), the album is steeped in the spirit of classic Memphis soul but, at the same time, is a contemporary and up-to-the-minute slice of life. Featuring Shemekia's powerful, emotional vocals over a blistering band with horns punching in all the right places, The Soul Truth is a tour-de-force of rock, soul and blues. From the funk and fervor of 'Breakin' Out' to the timely question of 'Who Stole My Radio?' to the rock-powered 'Givin' Up You', The Soul Truth tells it like it is, with deep emotion, forceful beats and music that is satisfying, original and memorable. Alligator. 2005.

"You better step aside, I'm a woman on a mission," declares the daughter of the late blues guitar great Johnny Copeland, as she kicks off her fourth album in typically feisty form. Aided by a stellar cast of rootsy pros led by producer/guitarist Steve Cropper and including Chuck Leavell on piano, Felix Cavaliere on organ, ex-Zappa drummer Chester Thompson, and saxman Jim Horn, Shemekia delivers the soul, funk, and swamp-rock goods. Disappointed with the lack of gutsy music on the radio ("Who Stole My Radio?"), she aims to rectify that situation with a dozen slabs of tough, tight, barnstorming R&B that she energizes with her sassy attitude and grits-'n-gravy voice.

Meshing the sweat of Memphis with the pleading, deep-fried sizzle of Muscle Shoals in its prime, the songs on The Soul Truth shift from bluesy, testifying ballads ("Strong Enough") to horn-infused steamy funkers ("Better Not Touch") to late-night gospel ballads (Dobie Gray swings in to duet on "Used") with the effortless, down-home intensity of Otis Redding. You won't find her on MTV or in the top 40, but for those who reject the plastic, Pro Tools-sculpted pop and slick cookie-cutter music that dominates the airwaves, Shemekia Copeland speaks the "soul truth." --Hal Horowitz

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD

The Soul Truth

Alligator ALCD 4905

At 26, Harlem, New York's Shemekia Copeland has already had a lifetime worth of awards. By the time she was 16, she had joined her father, Johnny Clyde Copeland, on his tours. Since her unforgettable debut in 1998, she has received accolades everywhere. Her fourth release was fashioned by Steve Cropper, legendary Stax guitarist/songwriter/producer. He contributes the same three skills for Copeland and the result is magnificent. Together, they have selected the most robust songs of her career. How could you go wrong with songs written by the likes of Cropper, Gary Nicholson, Fred James, Tom Hambridge, and Eddie Hinton? There are no screeching guitar solos, just good time music played by an adept band with Memphis grooves, stirring lyrics, and those explosive vocals.

A hefty guitar grabs you and pulls you into the upbeat lead off number "Breakin' Out", which is exemplified by blasting horns. A combination of funk, soul, and rock `n' roll is heard on "Who Stole My Radio?", but not on FM airwaves these days. The lyrics describe why most of us turned off the radio years ago. Ironically and quite purposely, the melody is extremely radio friendly. "All About You" is regarding being in love with yourself as detailed in lyrics like ("You could almost break your own heart / If you could / you'd hold your own hand / I can tell we're all through coz I can never love you half as much as you do"). Here, Chuck Leavell's vibrant keys tingle your backbone. "Better Not Touch" reveals it's OK if the eyes stray, but a powerful warning is given to keep the hands at bay. The danceable "Givin' Up You" gives up the funk, while old time soul music is given resurgence during "Poor, Poor Excuse".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real smoker December 22, 2005
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This is the recording I've been waiting for from Shemekia. Her previous two records were good, but the production was not up to snuff and the material was simplistic and deliberate. Here Steve Cropper gives her the background she needs, with a classic Stax sound and a lot of energy behind her. Her voice is so enormous that it takes a strong band and a sure hand behind the glass to properly support it, and Cropper provides it in spades. It's really refreshing to hear a band this good playing like they mean it--tight as a drum, and apparently having a blast playing together. The songs here are better than the last couple of records, too, but still not of the same caliber as her singing or the band's playing. It's my only regret with this CD. The style is just right, but the lyrics are superficial and a little too cute. Like most country music these days, they seem to be built around a clever turn of phrase in the chorus, but the cleverness is disposable and by the third chorus it's already stale (the only person who seems to be able to pull off this kind of thing properly is Delbert McClinton--the more you listen to his lyrics, the more true they seem). If she had the kind of songs that Bonnie Raitt has been choosing lately (check out her version of Randall Bramblett's "God was in the Water" if you want to hear real mastery of the lyric art, or better yet, listen to Randall's own recording, which has lots of other great stuff), this would be one for the ages. But even as it is, this is a record that I can recommend without reservation. Buy it without a second thought.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing followup February 8, 2006
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Shemekia Copeland suffered from some uneven songwriting and ameteurish production in her early CDs, which were rectified in her breakout CD "Talking to Strangers". However, she overshot that optimal point with "The Soul Truth", which comes across mostly as a big band-driven ego trip; examples include "Better Not Touch" and "Givin' Up You". "Who Stole My Radio"'s theme of bland radio was covered much better by Tom Petty earlier. "Uptown Line" is a weird pseudo-rap tune. The horns and backgroud vocals are a little too much. Some of the tracks are good, including her duet with Dobie Gray ("Used") and the last track, the acoustic "Something Heavy". No question the woman can sing, and producer Steve Cropper also plays a mean guitar, but this album will disappoint blues and Shemekia Copeland fans. She needs to get back to her roots lest she become just another diva.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Soul Truth - Shemekia Copeland September 21, 2005
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Shemekia has one of the smoothest and equally hard driving voices leaving the listener wanting more. Her accompaniment is also excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALMOST (but not quite) as good as seeing her live February 17, 2007
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Okay, NOTHING beats seeing Shemekia live actually, but this is, so far, the best disc she's done (IMHO). Soulful and catchy (many are permanently lodged in my head) this disc really delivers. The lyrics can be facile, but Shemekia's singing more than makes up for any minor flaws. Every disc has gotten better and better, so I can't wait to see what she'll do next.

(Seriously, see her live if you have the chance--you will never regret it!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse Vocalist August 17, 2009
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The very best thing about Shemekia Copeland is her strong, powerhouse, soulful voice. It's the main reason I wanted a CD of hers. And her voice never disappoints. The Soul Truth is a good album, but it could have used some even better song choices. There were some outstanding numbers though. My favorites are "Who Stole my Radio," "Better Not Touch," & "Something Heavy."
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