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I Can't Lose
Genres: Blues, Pop
"A little of the rock thing, a little of the funk thing, a little of everything" is Deborah Coleman's musical motto. So on the Virginia singer-guitarist's second CD, her own funky soul-blues tunes like "My Heart Bleeds Blu... more »
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"A little of the rock thing, a little of the funk thing, a little of everything" is Deborah Coleman's musical motto. So on the Virginia singer-guitarist's second CD, her own funky soul-blues tunes like "My Heart Bleeds Blue" and the stomping "Roll with Me" find their place next to more complex, swinging material like an up-tempo arrangement of Billie Holiday's "Fine and Mellow." Coleman's songwriting is better here than on her raw-but-right 1994 debut on New Moon, Takin' a Stand, and her vocals bring an air of weary emotional detachment to the heartbreakers. The only quibble is that she doesn't take enough risks with her guitar. Coleman's solos are punchy and fluid, but not expressive enough to match the mettle of her lyrics--a problem corrected on 1998's Where Blue Begins. --Ted Drozdowski
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Vintage Guitar Magazine Says...
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Deborah Coleman is a triple threat. She combines fresh songwriting, soulful vocals, and inspired guitarwork on this unique blend of blues, R&B, and soul. It's a magical combination. Coleman is surely one of the few people to be inspired to play guitar by The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix. In her teens and twenties, she played in a variety of bands before settling down to raise a daughter. Now she's back on the scene---and with a vengeance. She wowed the world at the Charleston Blues Festival's National Amateur Talent Search and soon recorded her first album, Takin' A Stand (New Moon, 1994). I Can't Lose is her second release and first major blues label CD. Coleman sings and plays like a spicy blend of Joan Armatrading and Sons Seals. Her songs are funky and sexy, a mix of B.B. King-style traditional blues and Isley Brothers soul tunes. Her lead guitar work is smart where many blues players are macho and her songwriting is new, unique, and downright inspiring. Buy this disc, and keep an eye on Deborah Coleman."
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Where has this woman been hiding, or better yet where have I been????? Had the opportunity to see Deborah Coleman LIVE recently. She played in my home town to a small crowd of around 300 folks. It was something else, she had EVERYONE dancing and loving life for the few hours she played. Had to check her out and found this first album of hers. I have an extensive music collection and couldnt believe I had never heard of this talented lady. This album truly will make a blues fan out of anyone!!! The lady has soul and guts to play her heart out on every track. You will not be dissappointed I assure you, give her a listen and you will be a fan."