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Some Rainy Morning
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock
It's easy to take Robert Cray for granted, for the singer-guitarist has altered his approach so little since he first burst on the scene. Nonetheless, the changes from his early albums to Some Rainy Morning are no less rea... more »
It's easy to take Robert Cray for granted, for the singer-guitarist has altered his approach so little since he first burst on the scene. Nonetheless, the changes from his early albums to Some Rainy Morning are no less real for having been subtle. Cray is still combining urban-blues guitar and Southern-soul vocals on stories of romantic treachery and working-class frustration, but he has distilled that strategy until nothing superfluous remains. "Some Rainy Morning," recorded with his stripped-down road quartet, is full of breathing room so Cray's singing and playing are set off more dramatically than ever. In addition to the eight originals by Cray and his bandmates, the album includes remakes of Wilson Pickett's "Jealous Love" and Syl Johnson's "Steppin' Out," and Cray does a great job of matching Pickett's raucous shouts and Johnson's silky crooning. On his own songs, Cray sounds better than ever when he's holding out notes for effect or communicating paradoxical emotions. When he proclaims, "I'll Go On" loving his ungrateful woman, you can hear the extreme effort such loyalty requires. And when he insists that his ex-lover "Never Mattered Much" to him, you can hear just how much her absence continues to tear at him. --Geoffrey Himes
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Robert Cray gives me the blues
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some Rainy Morning is an excellent blues cd. This disc is killer. I love this one. There is a lot of pain in Cray's voice this time out(which makes for a great blues record). There still has the soul and r&b feel on this one, but Cray and his band dip deeper into the blues. This disc reminds me why Robert Cray is one of the best bluesmen in the business. Every Cray fan has their own favorite disc, this one's mine. I love all of Cray's work but "Some Rainy Morning" is my personal pick. I have been listening to Robert Cray since the release of "Strong Persuader". I knew very little about the blues, after I started listening to Strong Persuader......I wanted to listen to "the roots" of blues. So thank you Mr. Cray for turning me onto one of the greatest forms of music, the blues.
Some of my favorite tracks on this one are "Steppin' out" "tell the landlord" "jealous love" "Will You Think of Me" and "moan". If you are a fan of Robert Cray and don't have this release you should pick it up. If you are a fan of the blues, and would like some good blues music mixed with some soul and r&b you should try Robert Cray's Some Rainy Morning."
Simply the best!
DW | 12/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The quintessential rockin blues album. Simply his best work. I can't recommend it more highly."
A Minstrel in the Gallery | Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA | 09/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Surgeon General's Warning: This album may be too dangerous because it is literally dripping with raw emotion and pure attitude. It contains so much good music it may cause a severe addiction to the sizzling guitar and gripping vocals of Robert Cray." This cd blew me away when I first heard it and still does. "Moan" is the best song on the album but they are all really good. I enjoy Cray's previous albums with a horn section, but I have to say when it's just him and his band pared down, his voice and guitar playing are even more compelling. You really believe what he is singing about, he has so much conviction in his voice it's scary! If you are looking for music that will grab your attention on the first note and hold you there for the next 10 songs, then buy this cd! It is a must-buy for any fan of American roots music."