Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Brighter Days

Published Saturday 5th October 2019
Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Brighter Days
Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Brighter Days

STYLE: Blues
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 177183-28764
LABEL: Mascot

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

The latest album from pedal steel virtuoso Robert Randolph finds the New Jersey-born artist and his band back in mostly gospel territory following his gradual move from church to mainstream over a long and fruitful career. The sublime opener "Baptise Me" sets outs the album's faith stall with some characteristically jaw-dropping slide work from the man himself. While previous Randolph albums 'Got Soul' (2017) and 'Lickety Split' (2013), production-wise, had everything including the kitchen sink on them, 'Brighter Days' benefits from producer Dave Cobb's stripped back touch which allows fans to experience Randolph and crew as nature intended without all the whizz and bang. That's not to say that all involved don't go for it at times ("Don't Fight It" and "I'm Living Off The Love You Give", for example) but it's great to hear a more considered version of the Family Band with the likes of the slow soul of "Have Mercy" and a thankfully neutered version of the vitriolic Charlie Daniels song "Simple Man" being particular highlights. Elsewhere, Randolph's sister Lenesha takes the vocal reins on "Cry Over Me" before the tender and worshipful "I Need You" rounds off a release that oozes warmth, honesty and consummate musical skill.

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