Just Won't Burn
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MP3 Music, May 12, 2008
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A Boston native now living in Atlanta, Sue Tedeschi gets wildly overpraised by some purported blues pundits and gratuitously slammed by others. The truth lies somewhere in between. She's an earnest but undistinguished singer and a functional songwriter-guitarist whose music provides mild entertainment. On an album that veers between blues-slanted material (try "Friar's Point") and bluesy pop-rock (take your pick), she carries on with élan but none of the finesse or emotional clarity of a big-league singer like Joan Osborne or Bonnie Raitt. Tedeschi's cover of John Prine's "Angel from Montgomery," alas, is her blatant imitation of the famous redhead but it is light years away from Raitt's persuasive capacity for interpreting lyrics. The most alluring track is "Can't Leave You Alone," written by Tedeschi band member Adrienne Hayes, who unleashes a stirring little guitar solo therein. --Frank-John Hadley
[O]n some tracks, the songwriting ... is too predictable. Although [Tedeschi's] guitar playing is a focal point of the disc, her solos are generally unremarkable (or worse) and versatile in all the wrong ways.... With no pretensions of being a slide guitar wizard or a raunchy blues belter, Susan Tedeschi is at a disadvantage, and much of Just Won't Burn finds her fumbling around for a singing style and an instrumental vocabulary that suit her talents. -- Living Blues
Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, there are some excellent songs on this album which is definitely worth buying. Even non-blues fans will truly enjoy "You need to be with me" and "Looking for answers". Buy this album, but better yet, go see Susan live and you will have an all together new appreciation.
I guess I'm giving it five stars because even though it doesn't do Susan justice, the album is still better than other albums that I've given 5 stars. If you end up not liking the album, DO NOT JUDGE SUSAN OFF IT......She truly is a great singing talent!
This is an excellent album full of flawless tracks, but her live performances are several notches higher on the intensity scale. I saw her perform the other day at SummerStage in NYC's Central Park (for free!). I really liked the album and was hoping for a good show; but during and after the show, I found myself simply in AWE of her (I even got her to sign my CD). Now this album has taken on a new dimension for me. I was saying to myself at the show "this is quite possibly one of the absolute best concerts I've ever attended", and I'll probably feel that way for a very very very long time. She's one of the best things out there today in any genre.
Susan isn't about guitar playing or songwriting as much as she is about that VOICE. She growls, she whispers, she just lets it out. I don't know how long she'll be able to keep up that kind of singing, but women like Koko Taylor and Etta James have been able to keep it up for 40+ years running. I think Susan is in it for the long haul. She might never be a big star...but she'll have her fans forever. She is the real thing, inside and out. No gimmicks. Just hardcore blues. You'll love her live.
She closed the show with an extended version of "It Hurt So Bad". I nearly wet my pants.
SEE HER LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i'm not big on blues,but this girl's voice rocksi'm glad I bought it.Published 4 months ago by alisha
Whoever wrote the "Editorial Reviews" for this doesn't have a clue as to what they are talking about. Read morePublished 18 months ago by P Kokity