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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 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B00004WEL7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Once upon a time (circa 1998), the daughter of a blues legend burst onto the scene with her own potentially legendary debut, Turn the Heat Up. I say "potentially" because, although all the necessary ingredients were there, they didn't quite represent the best of what Shemekia Copeland is obviously capable of. A few more years to hone her voice and allow it to reach its natural maturity, and Copeland could produce an album that would challenge some of the reigning royalty of the blues. Wicked is not that album. It is, however, a stunningly good piece of work, with solid songs (Copeland's contributing more to the songwriting, too), a greater variety of styles, and some serious genre-bending that will turn the heads of those used to the more straight-ahead blues of Copeland's last effort. The album even opens with a rocker, "It's 2 a.m.," and Copeland pokes fun at all those pseudo-R&B true-love ballads littering the airwaves lately with her own "The Fool You're Looking For." The fact that Wicked still represents more potential than realization is actually quite refreshing, too. It gives her growing legions of fans something to look forward to, as we realize that the best is still yet to come. --Genevieve Williams

Customer Reviews

This album should win a grammy!
Vinnie Maruggi
She has so much emotion and power in her voice to make her feel a part of her.
Greg Boissonnault
I gurantee you will absoloutly love this CD.
willie morrison

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By willie morrison on August 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am 14 years old and this is the best CD i have ever listened to. Shemekia copeland sings her heart out on every song. I have not always been a huge fan of blues but after i listened to this CD and her first one, " turn the heat up " I started listening to blues a whole lot more. I gurantee you will absoloutly love this CD. It is my most favorite CD that i own and it will be yours too if you get this CD " WICKED "
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on August 27, 2005
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Grittier than the more recent (and more highly touted) "Talking To Strangers", Shemekia Copeland's second album is more akin to her 1998 debut album. A pretty tough mixture of R&B, soul, blues and rock n' roll, it is a little bit too formulaic to be truly remarkable, but there are plenty of highlights here.
Johnny Copeland's daughter is equally convincing on the rock n' roll-like swagger of "It's 2 A.M." and the soulful "Love Scene". Shemekia sings with power and conviction, and the material is a bit more diverse than on her debut album. She has contributed to the songwriting as well, penning "It's My Own Tears" herself, and she gets co-writing credit on two more songs. Most of the remaining material is credited to songwriter/guitarist John Hahn with various partners.

Some of the lyrics are kinda trite (and I guess songs like "Not Tonight" and "The Other Woman" would have appealed more to me if I'd been a woman), but the band is uniformly good and often great. The Uptown Horns provide well-arranged brass on three numbers, and Copeland tries her hand at an almost-traditional acoustic blues, the stripped-down "Beat-Up Guitar".
Keyboardist Brian Mitchell plays some delightful fills on a handful of songs, most notably the rollicking R&B of "Wild, Wild Woman", and guitarist Jimmy Vivino is very good without hogging the spotlight.
The ballad "The Fool You're Looking For" is also almong the highlights, as is the (really sexist) "If He Moves His Lips" with the tagline "you can tell your man is lying if he moves his lips".

"Turn The Heat Up" may have had a couple more really notable songs, but fans will certainly want to pick up these 58 minutes of sincere and well-executed R&B as well.
3 3/4 stars. Definitely recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg Boissonnault on January 20, 2001
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I am a senior in High School and I am taking a Blues course with Art Tipaldi (You might know him), and he introduced me to Shemekia. We were supposed to get a discount on the CD through different people, but it was taking so long that I went out and bought the CD (I couldn't wait), and it was worth it. Shemekia delivers the power to hold you in your hand and mold you into her emotions. She has so much emotion and power in her voice to make her feel a part of her. The CD also has a track with blues singer Ruth Brown, in which they completely dis men (I was a little hurt but I got over it). I was lucky enough to have Shemekia come and visit my class during January 2001, and I completely love her. Take the first chance you get to go out and buy the cd, you'll love it!!! It gets the Detroit Five Star Rating!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily Schneider on November 21, 2000
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I met Shemekia about three years. This was before I could find her debut in the stores (I bought it from her mother). I wore out that CD and I will wear out this one. Her phrasing on "It's My Own Tears" is wonderful. It is a true memorial for her legendary father. I love the fact that she is branching out to more rock inspired tunes with "2 am" Maybe she'll finally get the airplay that she truly deserves. I love her voice and I will always be in awe.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vinnie Maruggi on November 8, 2000
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I never heard Shemekia before listening to 2am on a local radio station. I knew then I had to buy the album.
I was not disappointed as the cuts are a wonderful blend of R&B, rock, R&B, and soul.
This album should win a grammy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By okey_dokie on February 12, 2001
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I saw Ms. Copeland perform last night at the Garde Arts Theatre in New London CT. She was the opening for Buddy Guy. She is one powerful singer. She did several songs from her new CD "Wicked" and did one in particular that was probably her best of the evening (I don't know the title) but the lyrics went "I am just a child of the Ghetto, In this supposed Free Land". Blew me away! Did parts of it without the microphone, her powerful voice FILLED the hall. People flew to their feet in a standing O when she finished. I never saw Aretha perform when she was that age, but the similarity would be close. She also stood around for 20-30 minutes signing autographs after her performance, hopefully this young lady will continue to recognize her fans that helped her get where she is. Good luck at the Grammy's. Hope you find something to wear (a joke she told!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Neves Gonzalez on February 16, 2001
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This second cd from Shemekia is another masterpiece!Her voice is one of the best things that happened to the blues scenery in years!!!What powerfull!What sensual tune!!! We must recognize the great work of Bruce Iglauer specially at the production of recents cds like this one.The cover design is absolutely fantastic! The picture inside,of Shemekia's style in front of a microphone ,is all of her fans needed!!!! A primorous work full of intense moments,for romantic bluesfans!! I only expect for an opportunity to see Shemekia's performance at brazilian stages!! Thanks Shemekia for this another jewel!!!
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