Tedeschi-Trucks Band from the album Signs available on Fantasy Records (by Bryant Liggett)
The Tedeschi-Trucks Band kept it analog and straight to tape for the production of Signs, an apt recording method for a band who at times make it difficult to time stamp their sound. Susan Tedeschi’s soaring and soulful vocals along with the 70’s era, blues-soaked rock guitar from husband Derek Trucks scream old school, even knowing TTB as a band solid in the here and now, feet planted firmly in the present yet influenced by great musician mentors of the past. Signs kicks off big, with three voices, including Tedeschi, trading vocals on “Signs, High Times”, the singing accentuated by big guitar and kickass horns. “I’m Gonna Be There” surprises with some orchestral strings and a gospel flair that that is a sonic reminder of Muscle Shoals, a texture ever-present throughout Signs.
“Strengthen What Remains” is a ballad, the Rock and Soul band parts replaced by a small symphony, jumping into the melody with strings and wind instruments for a tender ending. “Hard Case,” with its testimony of ‘you’re a hard case to refuse’, has big hooks and equally big guitar fills that live behind the keyboards and horns. “Shame” kicks off with dirty guitar that raises the bar with an extra-dirtier riff when joined by the rest of the big band. Susan Tedeschi is a vocal powerhouse, made more potent via TTB when they lay the groove on thick. Signs closes with “The Ending;” the big band taking a break as a single spotlight hits the acoustic guitar of Derek Trucks, his fret work the only sound remaining as the cut ends with Tedeschi’s sincere vocal touch. (by Bryant Liggett)
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