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Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock
If not as impressive as Robert Cray's breakthrough recording, Bad Influence, released two years earlier, False Accusations is still a fine album with few missteps. One thing that Cray does very, very well is a blues ballad... more »
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If not as impressive as Robert Cray's breakthrough recording, Bad Influence, released two years earlier, False Accusations is still a fine album with few missteps. One thing that Cray does very, very well is a blues ballad, something that his soul-inflected vocals and guitar playing suit him for. The result, on this album, is songs like the humorously bittersweet "She's Gone," the determined "The Last Time (I Get Burned Like This)," and "I've Slipped Her Mind," which perfectly captures the mood of the disappointed (but still unrealistically hopeful) suitor. The opener "Porch Light" is a scorcher with a killer bass line, and Cray's guitar on the title track in particular comes through crisp and clean. If a couple of songs (notably "Change of Heart, Change of Mind" and "Playin' in the Dirt") seem a bit lacking in energy, the rest of the CD more than makes up for it. --Genevieve Williams
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A solid performance, but not his best
Wade C. Boring | Springfield, IL United States | 01/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This release caught Robert Cray in a between mode. Not as raw as Bad Influence and not as polished as Strong Persuader. Still, it's a strong performance with plenty of Cray's trademark stacatto guitar and smooth vocals."
Very solid stuff
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album -- more than its predecessor, _Bad Influence_ -- highlights the Cray that was to come to the fore in _Strong Persuader_ and _Midnight Stroll_. Songs like "Porch Light" (probably my favorite Cray tune ever), "Playing in the Dirt" are playful, but with an edge -- "She's Gone" and "I've Slipped Her Mind" are about as sad a pair as you'll find. Cray's singing and guitar playing are extremely strong. The only slip up is in song selection: "Same Old Funky Thing" is just goofy, and "Sonny" is well-meaning but dull. But if you want to see why the blues is still around today, this is an important album to own."