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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
For a retro-soul influenced band trekking from Brooklyn down to Memphis, arguably the hub of rootsy Southern R&B, to record must have been a dream come true. For the Revelations, their sophomore effort was not only recorded at Willie Mitchell's famous Royal Studios, but Al Green/Hi Records session legends the Hodges brothers (Teeny on guitar and organist Charles) contributed their substantial talents. Members of the Bar-Kays and the Isaac Hayes Movement also guest, making this a contemporary soul recording with notable and authentic roots. It also helps that the Revelations are already a tight, tough unit who, with frontman/lead singer Tre Williams, keep a foothold in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
For a retro-soul influenced band trekking from Brooklyn down to Memphis, arguably the hub of rootsy Southern R&B, to record must have been a dream come true. For the Revelations, their sophomore effort was not only recorded at Willie Mitchell's famous Royal Studios, but Al Green/Hi Records session legends the Hodges brothers (Teeny on guitar and organist Charles) contributed their substantial talents. Members of the Bar-Kays and the Isaac Hayes Movement also guest, making this a contemporary soul recording with notable and authentic roots. It also helps that the Revelations are already a tight, tough unit who, with frontman/lead singer Tre Williams, keep a foothold in the past without sounding particularly old-school. The album is front loaded with sociopolitically based selections with the closing songs romantic/personal in tone and lyrical approach. So far, so good. Unfortunately the original tunes, while pleasant enough, tend to blend together musically by sticking to a similar tempo and musical template. They don't jump out of the mix with the urgency and immediacy of the classic music the band clearly loves. It's worth noting that the best tracks are the handful of covers, although thankfully obscure ones such as Ronnie Lovejoy's "Until You Get Enough of Me," with one (Latimore's "Let's Straighten It Out") even repeated from the band's previous collection. Also, the sound is slicker than you'd expect from the group's influences and the recording location. And for all of his lover man vocalizing, Williams doesn't exude a particularly distinctive or riveting presence. Still, this is much better than the formulaic, cookie-cutter music masquerading as soul on the radio in the 2010s, and there are enough highlights -- such as Williams' lovely ballad "Lonely Room," the sweet and sour resentment of "How Could You Walk Away," and the lead guitar riffing in "Trouble Man" (not the Marvin Gaye tune) -- to leave hope that on future releases, the band composes, and perhaps more importantly arranges, material that's up to their impressive talents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • Label: Nia
  • UPC: 817358010229
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 99,056

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Revelations Primary Artist
Gordon Chambers Background Vocals
Charles Hodges Organ
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Guitar
Lester Snell Piano, Electric Piano
James Alexander Bass
Josh Werner Bass
John Caban Guitar
Gintas Janusonis Drums, Background Vocals
Vick Allen Vocals, Background Vocals
Rick Parker Trombone
Derek Nievergelt Bass
Tarrah Reynolds Violin, Viola
Geoff Countryman Baritone Saxophone
Tre Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
Stevie Jay Guitar
Sumyia Dabney Background Vocals
Borahm Lee Keyboards
Wes Mingus Guitar
Pablo Vergara Keyboards
David Steinberg Tenor Saxophone
Joe Ancowitz Trumpet
Halley Hiatt Background Vocals
Brian Thomas Griffin Percussion
Rell Gaddis Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Grosso Layout
Bob Perry Producer, Executive Producer
Vick Allen Composer, Engineer
Arnold Mischkulnig Engineer, Mastering
Tre Williams Composer
Wes Mingus Composer
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell Producer, Engineer
Russell Johnson Executive Producer
George Littlejohn Executive Producer
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