The Deal: Eric Lindell's ongoing soul saga still hits the high-water mark.
The Good: Eric Lindell describes his sound as "all mixed up." The main ingredient in the mix is soul, delivered in a world-weary, pain-filled croak that sounds like a little less raspy version of Delbert McClinton. But Lindell is not that easily pigeonholed. "Bodega" sounds like an Allman Brothers' outtake from one of their '70s offerings. "Lucky Lucky" is gritty Delbert-style R&B with a good dose of wailin' backwater harp from Lindell, underscored with funky B-3 punches by Ivan Neville and some Fred Wesley style 'bone backing as well. "True Blue Love" is an easy stroll down a New Orleans side street with just enough spunk to keep you high-stepping but laid-back enough so you don't break a sweat in the heat. After a three-record run with blues label Alligator, Lindell's latest on his own Sparco label is a specialty offering, with limited vinyl runs of a thousand in neon colors. But the singer/guitarist doesn't need a gimmick to sell his records. On previous outings, Lindell has covered everything from country to reggae. His distinctive vocal style and laid-back riddims make for easy listening and his slow, sensual grooves heat up his soul-drenched R&B.
The Bad: This one's kinda short, with only eight offerings. More please, and soon.
The Verdict: R&B heaven, with lots of soul, and deep grooves to wallow in.