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This River

JJ GreyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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"JJ Grey and his band Mofro stir up a Southern storm of soulful grooves. They deliver simmering, funky and propulsive Southern R&B with a rock edge."
– The New Yorker

"A balance of wildness and cool. Southern swamp rock with undercurrents of Memphis soul…his songs chronicle ambiguous truths and unambiguous urges."
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B00BG475CK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Impassioned singing, riff-based Southern rock, cold-blooded swamp funk and sly Memphis soul... A balance of wildness and cool. Southern swamp rock with undercurrents of Memphis soul…his songs chronicle ambiguous truths and unambifuous urges." --The New York Times

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This River is chock-full of vibrant characters and compelling stories set to Stax-worthy soul, greasy Southern rock and funk and glorious ballads that stay with you long after the last notes fade. Gutsy vocals, rugged horns and muscular grooves come together to create a down-home musical celebration.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And another one... April 16, 2013
Format:Audio CD
They've done it again. Georgia Warhorse, the band's last album, completely renewed my faith in this band...and this album has strengthened that faith. The brass section is still there and perfectly mixed with that soulful organ, roots rockin' guitar, and of course, JJ's voice...which has the ability to be rough as sandpaper, but smooth as ice at the same time.

This album is almost like an exponentialized version of Georgia Warhorse. You've got the deeper tracks with "This River" and "The Ballad of Larry Webb" (love the 12-string here, similar to King Hummingbird). You've also got the fun, upbeat funk/blues rhythms that make you wanna clap and sing with "99 Shades of Crazy", "Your Lady, She's Shady", and "Write a Letter". Add in a little Motown with "Tame a Wild One" and a couple of beach songs with "Florabama" and "Standing on the Edge" (Standing on the Edge even has a little Otis Redding charm to it), and you've got an album that has the ability to appeal to almost every ear the notes pass.

Again, it's hard to really go wrong with this band. This album is like a country buffet - no matter your taste, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot licks funky grooves and soulful lyrics May 9, 2013
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JJ Grey and his band Mofro manage to take new and retro sounds and blend them into a gumbo mix of southern soul, funk, blues and R&B with hints of rock, Motown and gospel poured together with a large dash of genius and a generous helping of sincerity which seems to run through everything they have released so far. This stuff is special. Buy the CD and if you're lucky enough go see the band live!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "This River".....If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It April 16, 2013
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This is the 7th release by JJ grey and his first studio album since 2010′s acclaimed Georgia Warhorse. I love all of their albums. This man has personality and oozes confidence especially at live concerts. His deep raspy voice has its usual seductive edge to it but the music is slightly different than past offerings.

"Half of the ten tracks are crunchy up tempo numbers that flex their funky muscles. The rest are balanced between well-articulated soul tunes, a rock number, and back-porch ballads."

As proven by his previous albums, Grey is a meticulous storyteller. "Many of the new songs," says Grey, "are about being your own worst enemy, and about normal folks pushing themselves over the edge."

This is cold-blooded swamp funk and sly Memphis soul at its best, 10 great tunes that will definitely keep you engaged. For "This River", Grey brought Mofro into the studio and cut most of the tracks live. "It adds so much more to the dynamic of a recording. It's so different when you get to play off each other rather than overdub each track," says Grey.

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"The songs on This River are tighter and more deftly written than on previous offerings, but the more immediate, in-the-moment-of-creation production and incendiary performances keep things from getting slick."

Members
JJ Grey ...vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards
Art Edmaiston ...saxophone
Dennis Marion ...trumpet
Anthony Cole ...drums
Andrew Trube ...guitar
Anthony Farrell ...organ
Todd Smallie...bass

"Grey's lyrics and slice-of-life scenarios are filled with honest detail, helping to bring his emotionally complex characters to life in songs like Somebody Else, 99 Shades of Crazy, The Ballad of Larry Webb and This River.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best JJ Grey & Mofro albums yet! June 3, 2013
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I'm an avid JJ Grey & Mofro fan and this is probably my favorite album to date. There really isn't a bad song on here and most of them are just flat out great!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new album! April 18, 2013
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At first I was a little put off by this album. After a couple listens I as hooked. Great addition to the catalog. Stand out tracks for me are somebody else, tame a wild one, ballad of Larry Webb, standing on the edge, and 99 shades of crazy. The rest are great also but might take more time to be one classics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this one!! September 21, 2013
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Just discovered JJ Grey & Mofro. Best I have listened to in years!! Will definitely purchase more of their music in the future!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered. September 14, 2013
By SLS
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is my first JJ Grey lp. If his other offerings are this good, I'll be glad to start a small collection. The melding of funk, blues @ soul is just what I need sometimes when, well you know the feeling. I have to give the sonics a 4@1/2 stars but the mucic is 5. The lp sounds like analog. A blast from the past in the present!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock the way it should be August 7, 2013
By cpu_guy
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Every once and a while music will speak to your soul. JJ Grey and Mofro have a way of sucking you in and blowing away what can you had conceived as 'new' music. The musical talents are forefront, and the replayability of every track on this album is high. Every single person I've exposed to JJ Grey & MoFro have walked away thinking 2 things 1) This is great *unenhanced* straight up rock and roll and 2) Who was that I need more of that music. I can't wait to hear more of JJ Grey & MoFro in future releases and hopefully catch their live performance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect start, Perfect finish
Perfect start , Perfect finish!
Published 8 days ago by peter
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE JJ GREY
This River is a great new sound for JJ. I've had every album from Blackwater on and have not been disappointed yet.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Beth Crutchfield
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
smooth guitar, great vocals, can't wait to catch them live. highly recommend to those who like a blend of blues and rock.
Published 4 months ago by CAROL
3.0 out of 5 stars Good....not great
I am a huge JJ fan but this one just doesn't really "do it" for me. It's well done and a good record but if you compare it to the other albums it falls flat. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sly Piggle
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
Like 99 Shades of Crazy however I wasn't as impressed by the rest of The River. A number of the tracks seemed forced.
JJ's earlier releases were more impressive. Read more
Published 5 months ago by brad mallen
5.0 out of 5 stars I got da blues
Had never heard of J.J.before I saw him on video. I like a wide range of music, Jonny Lang is my personal favorite. JJ Grey has a lot of simularities along the lines of Jonny. Read more
Published 5 months ago by beth l bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistently Good
While JJ Grey and Mofro are not the most unique artists out there, they are very consistent. The song writing is excellent and JJ Grey leaves everything out there on the floor,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Annika
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band
This is the first disc I bought by this artist. I saw a live show of his band on tv. I'll buy more of his material in the future.
Published 7 months ago by JRH
3.0 out of 5 stars Good sounds but the song writing is weak.
This band has a good sounds but the song writing is weak. This is the second JJ Grey album I have bought and I really want to like it but the lyrics are distractingly bad.
Published 8 months ago by David L Kohli
5.0 out of 5 stars One the most talented musicians alive.
Its J.J. Grey.... What more could you ever ask for. Its not my favorite album of his, but it still JJ.
Published 9 months ago by Eugene Fox
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