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Rhiannon Giddens (from the album You’re the One available on Bossier City Records/Thirty Tigers) (by Bryant Liggett)
Rhiannon Giddens has a lot of music in her pockets. The one-time Carolina Chocolate Drop certainly keeps Old Time music and Bluegrass in one of those pockets, but in her others there’s Blues, Gospel, and then some, all of which are on full sound display in her latest You’re the One. It’s a stacked record, where her voice is a solid constant over punchy horns as it is over vintage strings arrangements.
There’s the Soulful and Funky “Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad” where Giddens even has a hint of Washington D.C. go-go in the bumping rhythms, along with big harmonies and big horns, and the Americana Gospel story-telling of “Yet to Be” contains a contribution from Jason Isbell. “You Louisiana Man” is a best of both worlds cut; there’s an Old-School Cajun vibe, while also dropping break-beat rhythms. Call it an traditional aggro-Roots cut.
“If You Don’t Know How Sweet It Is” is catchy fun, there’s a World Music vibe in “Hen in the Foxhouse””. “Who Are You Dreaming Of” is a piano ballad that sounds 80 years old, and “You Put the Sugar in My Bowl” also has a decades old sound, a Blues cut sounding like its coming out of an juke joint saloon, Rhiannon Giddens vocals coming off both sultry and tough.
Fantastic harmonies and a equally top-shelf band result in a perfect album offering. Rhiannon Giddens effortless movement between old-time and modern sounds via Blues, Jazz and Roots shows she is comfortable just about anywhere; a front-woman and multi-instrumentalist bridging a gaps between the music of the past, present, and future. (by Bryant Liggett)
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