Back to the River

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
With a vibrant, versatile voice (sounding at times like an inspired mix of Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt) capable of adding subtle emotional shifts to slow-burning ballads or rocking out with the big boys, Susan Tedeschi burst on the scene at the close of the 1990s like a breath of fresh air in an era of prefab MTV teen idols. Like Raitt, Tedeschi works from a blues base, but she mixes in a strong sense of R&B and gospel, and with Back to the River, her second release for Verve Forecast, she shows that she's really starting to find herself as a songwriter, as well. Tedeschi wrote or co-wrote all but one of the 11 tracks here, and while one could still say these songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
With a vibrant, versatile voice (sounding at times like an inspired mix of Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt) capable of adding subtle emotional shifts to slow-burning ballads or rocking out with the big boys, Susan Tedeschi burst on the scene at the close of the 1990s like a breath of fresh air in an era of prefab MTV teen idols. Like Raitt, Tedeschi works from a blues base, but she mixes in a strong sense of R&B and gospel, and with Back to the River, her second release for Verve Forecast, she shows that she's really starting to find herself as a songwriter, as well. Tedeschi wrote or co-wrote all but one of the 11 tracks here, and while one could still say these songs are based in her beloved blues, like Raitt, she has branched out from there to become a solid pop artist with a real and accessible vision, and the blues is just the engine under the hood. There are some wonderful moments here, including the big and funky title track, "Back to the River," which Tedeschi co-wrote with swamp pop master Tony Joe White, the sincere and solid "Learning the Hard Way," co-written with Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, and the impressive "Butterfly," which Tedeschi' co-wrote with her husband, Derek Trucks. The lone cover, a marvelous, horn-driven version of Allen Toussaint's "There's a Break in the Road" (originally recorded in 1969 by Betty Harris), fits seamlessly in with the newer material. Then there is Tedeschi's voice, which is a wonderful instrument, strong and hushed by turns, and she carries the full weight of the world's possibilities when she sings, ranging from wounded to determined, delicate to brash, always getting to the emotional center of the song. Tedeschi has already put out some great albums but as she continues to grow as a songwriter, her best work may still be in the future. Meanwhile, Back to the River will serve fans just fine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602517755772
  • Catalog Number: 001151302
  • Sales rank: 22,446

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Talking About (4:23)
  2. 2 700 Houses (4:38)
  3. 3 Back to the River (3:56)
  4. 4 Love Will (3:48)
  5. 5 Butterfly (4:08)
  6. 6 People (3:26)
  7. 7 Learning the Hard Way (4:39)
  8. 8 Revolutionize Your Soul (4:46)
  9. 9 True (3:21)
  10. 10 There's a Break in the Road (3:27)
  11. 11 Can't Sleep at Night (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Susan Tedeschi Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Bianco Background Vocals
George Drakoulias Percussion, Background Vocals
Gary Louris Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Brendan O'Brien Electric Guitar, Guest Appearance
Derek Trucks Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guest Appearance
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Doyle Bramhall II Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Guest Appearance
Robert Walter Clavinet
Kyle Newmaster Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Matt Slocum Organ, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Piano (Grand)
Rob Hardt Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jamie Hovorka Trumpet
Alex Budman Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jeremy Levy Trombone
Ted Pecchio Bass
Tyler Greenwell Percussion, Drums
Josh Schwartz Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dave Yoke Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Tony Joe White Composer
David Bianco Engineer
George Drakoulias Producer
John Leventhal Composer
Gary Louris Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Tommy Sims Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Derek Trucks Composer, Producer
Doyle Bramhall II Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Kyle Newmaster Horn Arrangements
Bob Tis Engineer
Susan Tedeschi Composer
Jeremy Levy Horn Arrangements
Sonya Kitchell Composer
Ted Pecchio Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yee-Haw ! A new Susan Tedeschi cd.

    This is what I have been waiting for. I have all Susan's albums. "Wait for me" and "Hope and desire" being my favorites and this new one doesn't fail either. Now I know what some of you will say. You'll say that I like her because "she's so cute" or "because she's so hot and sexy". But bull. It's really the music, that hits me. Tight arrangements,outstanding solos, sassy singing, good songs, funky beats and above all the slide guitar of Derek Trucks singing like a skylark. <BR/> A S.Tedeschi admirer

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