27 apr 2006, 02:48
I'm a huge fan of The Robert Cray Band
also known as Robert Cray
and Robert Cray Band
. They're all one in the same, it just changes from Album to Album. I'd be curious to know what the deciding factor is for that distiction. Anyway, I own just about everything I can find by them. You can really hear the progression of Robert Cray as you go through the discography. If you listen to Who's Been Talking, False Accusations or Bad Influence, for example, you hear the Robert Cray spin on the run of the mill blues album. It has the same shuffle to a lot of the songs that you would expect from a band trying to make a name for itself, but the soulful twinge and subtle non-blues rhythms sneaks into your ears.. When you get to Strong Persuader, you start to hear Robert Cray take the blues and mold it in his own style. The next two albums are cut from a similar cloth. Then comes I Was Warned
. Here's where you start to hear a style all his own. Still deeply rooted in blues, but the stax
sound starts to come to the forefront. I Was Warned is one of their most complete discs, especially for a casual fan. If you only have Strong Persuader, pick up I Was Warned. More earnest fans tend to lean towards Sweet Potato Pie or Some Rainy Morning (I'm in the latter camp) has his best work, although it's hard to pick just one. Then the band starts to move into the stronger soul feel with Take Your Shoes Off. This is also where a lot of the 'guitar fans' tend to trail off. There's more emphasis on the song and the story than the guitar strings. This doesn't sit well with some of the blues fans, but it suits me just fine. There's a decided and deliberate shift to rhythm and blues
. The blues is still there. The heart ache in Robert Cray's voice still comes through and makes you feel like you too, have lost love.
Anyway, just my ramblings about being an Robert Cray fan...