Robert Randolph & The Family Band drop their latest offering Brighter Days August 23rd via Provogue/Mascot Label Group and embarrassingly this is my first introduction to said Mr Randolph. No problem, as within the first 15 seconds on this glorious albums sonic beauty reaching your ears you know that there is quality simply dripping from each and every second of this recording.
The album kicks off with ‘Baptize Me’ and right away you’re just pulled into the bluesy goodness oozing from its very pores, the glorious slide work and funk-laden, groove-laden backbone just demands you sit up and give it 100% of your attention. Randolph has been highly regarded for his slide work, (Lap guitar/ Pedal Steel Guitar) and began his work at an early age in church, which has since transferred to the stage and gathered momentum and the attention of some of the biggest names in Blues. Deservedly so as his work on Brighter Days is simply sublime, ‘Simple Man’ takes it down a notch and we’re only on track two such is the confidence in the songwriting and quality within that Randolph and Co can break it down so early on the tracklisting.
‘Cry Over Me’ has a gnarly emotive quality that resonates immediately, the exquisitely delivered vocals and melody just carry you through the songs whilst Randolph’s guitar work cohesively brings it all together. The musicianship across the recording is just a revelation as you get drawn further and further into each song as the nuances and production quality bring them all to the fore. A breath of fresh air, Robert Randolph & The Family Band offer a deviation from the norm with a contemporary take on the blues and a modern-day twist that somehow feels as comfortable as an old recording itself.
A beautiful album from start to finish, Brighter Days is released this Friday via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.
- Baptise Me
Don’t Fight It
3. Simple Man
4. Have Mercy
5. Cut Em Loose
6. Second Hand Man
7. Cry Over Me
8. I Need You
9. I’m Living Off The Love You Give
10. Strange Train