Friday, August 30, 2013

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind (Sony, 2013)

The husband and wife team of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks make a quantum leap forward on their new album Made Up Mind. Both are guitarists of some renown and Tedeschi has a nice rough around the edges singing voice akin to early 1970’s Bonnie Raitt. They are accompanied by a shifting cast of characters from both of their respective bands and everybody works well together. While their previous two LP’s seemed somewhat tentative to me, this is a superior group effort which is tightly song focused. Kicking things off nicely with the title track “Made Up Mind” the band is taught and Tedeschi’s singing is strong and powerful without being strained. She sounds even better on the slow burning “Do I Look Worried” where the band mines some deep blues territory. “Misunderstood” and “Whiskey Legs” are excellent also, but the highlight of the album is “The Storm” where the dam really breaks and torrid streams of electric guitar flow forward. This was a superior blues/rock effort and should appeal to a wide range of listeners. Made Up Mind -

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