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Midnight Stroll
Robert Cray
Midnight Stroll
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
 
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Robert Cray adds a bit more soul to the mix on this album, which features the Memphis Horns most prominently. Most of the songs are Cray doing what Cray does best--slow, soulful, done-me-wrong (or, alternatively, I-done-wr...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Robert Cray
Title: Midnight Stroll
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 5
Label: Umvd Special Markets
Original Release Date: 9/18/1990
Re-Release Date: 8/31/1990
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 042284665223, 0042284665223, 042284665216, 042284665247

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Robert Cray adds a bit more soul to the mix on this album, which features the Memphis Horns most prominently. Most of the songs are Cray doing what Cray does best--slow, soulful, done-me-wrong (or, alternatively, I-done-wrong) songs chock full of great guitar. No complaints there, and when he adds a bit of vocal growl here and there, as on the album opener "The Forecast (Calls for Pain)" (also featuring some excellent bass from Richard Cousins), and the slow shuffle "Holdin' Court," it keeps things interesting. This album indicates a slight shift in Cray's direction; although he's always included a touch of soul in his blues, here it's more pronounced than before, a tendency he continued in subsequent recordings. --Genevieve Williams

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Cray's best...
11/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are a Robert Cray fan and you don't own this CD, shame on you!! This disc represents Cray's blues/soul/funk hybrid at its most refined and well executed. The recordings that preceded this one were excellent, but something was missing. The records which came afterwards are great but are also too smooth and overproduced. Midnight Stroll marks the pinnacle for Cray, it manages to be tough, smooth, edgy, humorous, mean and loving all at the same time, quite an achievement! The songwriting is brilliant, and the disc tells a story, which any great recording should. There is not a throwaway tune on here, in fact each tune is a tour de force in songwriting and muscianship. Finally the horns add an excellent touch for the first time on a Cray record. Go buy this CD, you will not be disappointed if you are a blues fan or a soul fan or simply a music fan."
Not the most heard, but the best
03/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album followed _Strong Persuader_, which made Robert Cray famous. While SP is a terrific album, I tend to like Midnight Stroll even more. It has an excellent mix of upbeat songs that are catchy but have an edge ("Consequences," "Forecast Calls for Pain") and some excellent slow, sad blues as well. This album shows why Robert Cray is deservedly revered by guitarists, singers, and songwriters -- and why some of his more recent stuff is a bit disappointing by comparison."
Coming into his own
09/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Midnight Stroll is an album I never get bored of listening to. Robert Cray and The Robert Cray Band are beginning to define their own sound which is deep and funky. From the raunchy "Forecast" with the historic Memphis Horns to the moving "The Things you do to me" and the classic "Bouncing Back" this is a must for any serious music buff."