False Accusations CD
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If not as impressive as Robert Cray's breakthrough recording, Bad Influence, released two years earlier, False Accusations is still a fine album with few missteps. One thing that Cray does very, very well is a blues ballad, something that his soul-inflected vocals and guitar playing suit him for. The result, on this album, is songs like the humorously bittersweet "She's Gone," the determined "The Last Time (I Get Burned Like This)," and "I've Slipped Her Mind," which perfectly captures the mood of the disappointed (but still unrealistically hopeful) suitor. The opener "Porch Light" is a scorcher with a killer bass line, and Cray's guitar on the title track in particular comes through crisp and clean. If a couple of songs (notably "Change of Heart, Change of Mind" and "Playin' in the Dirt") seem a bit lacking in energy, the rest of the CD more than makes up for it. --Genevieve WilliamsSee all Editorial Reviews
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Robert Cray has been on the blues scene for decades now, but has yet to break out with a mega-hit. It certainly isn't for lack of talent- it's just that Cray plays with a sophistication and maturity that doesn't lend itself to overwrought blues wailing.
"False Accusations", the second album from the Robert Cray Band, smolders and wafts out of the speakers like a layer of smoke in a small jazz club. His crisp blues playing is soulful and subtle, but the real charm is the healthy addition of soul from the great Stax/Volt days of the late sixties. Cray's voice recalls the greats - Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and the keyboards, usually a Hammond organ background lift the music to ethereal dreamy levels seldom heard in blues music.
"Porch Light" sets the mood and pace - love and no love, sometimes in the best and worst situations, all with soloes that reflect the tone of the songs beautifully.
Stand out tracks include "She's Gone", the gritty "Playing In The Dirt", and a beautiful ballad "The Last Time I Get Burned Like This."
If you long for the days of the Hammond B-3 organ and other cool keyboards, incredible vocals and the touch of cool jazz in your blues, this is the premier place to get it.