Dig

Dig

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by Boz Scaggs
     
 

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It's been said that you can't go home again, but don't try telling that to Boz Scaggs, who with this disc revisits the stomping grounds that propelled him to stardom in the '70s, and doggone if he doesn't make the return engagement a fruitful one. While brimming with the tasteful blue-eyed soul stylings that took songs like "Georgia" and "Lowdown" into the mass

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It's been said that you can't go home again, but don't try telling that to Boz Scaggs, who with this disc revisits the stomping grounds that propelled him to stardom in the '70s, and doggone if he doesn't make the return engagement a fruitful one. While brimming with the tasteful blue-eyed soul stylings that took songs like "Georgia" and "Lowdown" into the mass consciousness two decades back, Dig doesn't sound like a communing with the ghosts of charts past. Scaggs plays nice and easy on a batch of smoky ballads, including "Desire" and "Thanks to You," the latter of which coasts along on a breezy solo from trumpeter Roy Hargrove, but he also shows a heartening willingness to toughen up when the time is right. To that end, he gives up the funk on "Call That Love," which pops and crackles with sinuous energy, and swaggers with good-natured panache on the swinging "Get on the Natch." At times, Dig does succumb to the wrong kind of nostalgia, with longtime collaborator Jeff Paich employing a few too many of the tricks he learned as part of Toto. But when Scaggs keeps his eyes focused forward, the album gives off the kind of sunny, timeless vibe that's all too uncommon in the pop of the new millennium.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Boz Scaggs returns to the arena with the thoroughly modern Dig, four years after his much-acclaimed return to traditional R&B on Come On Home. This takes no small bit of courage for an artist like Scaggs who has reveled in obscurity for most of the last 20 years. Come On Home won the man all sort of critical platitudes for making unfashionable roots music in a highly unlikely time. It showed, of course, in that the record sold barely respectably. Dig is, if anything a hypermodern take on R n' B. Scaggs and co-producers David Paich (who co-wrote virtually all the material here) and guitarist Danny Kortchmar have embraced modern production, recording and mixing techniques in the same way Scaggs did on Silk Degrees (which part two of this is definitely not). The result is simply a very fine adult contemporary take on rhythm and blues that showcases Scaggs in the finest voice he's given us in decades, a solid batch of tunes and very few irritating elements. Scaggs use of hip-hop methodologies in tracks like "Desire," with Michael Rodriguez's programming, is subtle enough to add atmosphere to an already beautiful song.. The tune is a ballad so smooth and streetwise, so late night in feel and sentiment, the timberline drum program just underlines the spooky guitars and Scaggs sweet crooning-in fact, his voice here sounds better than it ever has. There are other modernisms that Scaggs employs here that would have been better left on the cutting room floor such as his insistence on rapping on "Just Go," where he sounds like a Wal-Mart cross between Frank Zappa on "Dina Moe Hum" and Tom Waits from Bone Machine. But there are only a couple of moments like that, his blues roots manifest themselves well on "King of El Paso," and his embrace of Latin-tinged pop suits him well on "Call That Love." While it's a slick record, in typical Scaggs fashion, it's a slim cast of characters who pull it all off-mainly Scaggs, Paich and Kortchmar (who is as fine a guitarist as ever), with guests like Ray Parker Jr., pedal steel god Steve Lukather and jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove Jr. lending their hands in various spots. For a guy everybody said was in the hallmark of memory a long time ago, Boz Scaggs is making remarkably refreshing and compelling music. Dig is mature enough to resonate well with his aging audience, and it's slick and polished enough to catch the ear of pop radio programmers-at least I hope so. With precious few rough spots, Dig is a pop triumph by a sleight of sound master. ~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
Blender - Erik Himmelsbach
[Skaggs has] found his groove on this surprisingly ambitious collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2007
Label:
Gray Cat Records
UPC:
0698268400320
catalogNumber:
4003
Rank:
40470

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boz Scaggs   Primary Artist,Guitar
Joe Bonadio   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
David Paich   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Martin Tillman   Cello
Robin Dimaggio   Percussion,Drums,Hand Percussion
Monet   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Boz Scaggs   Arranger
Danny Kortchmar   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Bob Levy   Engineer
Steve MacMillan   Engineer
David Paich   Arranger,Producer
Peter Dennenberg   Engineer
Jeff Sutcliffe   Engineer

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Dig 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good to hear some horns again. This man has the vocals that will make the hair on your arms stand up. Quite a stylish mixture of R&B and soulful Jazz. Can't help but sing along on ''Miss Riddle''. Glad Boz is back!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This disc is never very far from the player. It's the music that I was yearning for when I found it. I needed this music to make that bridge to what's out there now , from what I know and love from before. The Jazz and R&B story Boz tells in a more techno language this time, still leaving air for the horn to breathe and the guitar to soar through. This is a play it through album that people put their hearts into, you can feel it while it plays. Brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If ever a perfect collection of songs was released, this is it. The tunes are meticulously crafted and show depth in both music and lyrics. Listen again and again and each time, DIG reveals something new. Some numbers blow (''Payday'' ''Miss Riddle'' and more) you away the first time you hear them; others (''Get on the Natch'') grow on you. But every song resonates and each featuress the strong intro and ending Boz Scaggs does so well. And that voice! DIG was worth waiting for and is aptly named because if you dig, much will be revealed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've got everything he's done, and this is my number 2 pick, silk degrees is still #1 in my heart, I just loved it! Back to his roots and soulful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dig is filled with Boz's signature style as both a songsmith and vocalist with a Silk Degrees feel of R&B, jazz and funk elements as well as hip-hop grooves -- Dig is smooth as silk.