Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

by Robert Cray Band
     
 
With 1986's Strong Persuader, guitarist and vocalist Robert Cray stepped to the front of the line as a smooth and intelligent practitioner of the blues genre. Strong Persuader almost worked as well as a greatest hits set, with the brilliant Willie Mitchell-influenced "I Guess I Showed Her" being best of a perfect ten.

Overview

With 1986's Strong Persuader, guitarist and vocalist Robert Cray stepped to the front of the line as a smooth and intelligent practitioner of the blues genre. Strong Persuader almost worked as well as a greatest hits set, with the brilliant Willie Mitchell-influenced "I Guess I Showed Her" being best of a perfect ten. With that standard being set, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is marred by it's lack of potent material and a tired-sounding band and Cray. The title is a steamy track punctuated by the Memphis Horns. The edgy and methodical "Don't You Even Care" finds Cray again on the losing end of a relationship. Although the relationship blues are stinging here, this album's best effort strays far from the formula. The oddly humorous "Night Patrol" has Cray playing armchair therapist wondering what went wrong with a drunk, and a 17-year-old girl on the corner. By song's end he can also wonder about himself, as he too hits the streets a potentially dangerous wandering psycho. For the most part Don't Be Afraid of the Dark has the sly work Cray is famous for. The sprite "Gotta Change Rules" the country/Memphis sound influenced has Cray doing some strong vocalizations and taut guitar riffs. "At Last" and "Laugh Out Loud," while not horrible, do come off like uninspired filler. This is one of those albums that might not be exciting at first, but if it is listened to intently some of the songs do become worthwhile.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Umvd Special Markets
UPC:
0042283492325
catalogNumber:
834923

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Cray Band   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Robert Cray   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
Memphis Horns   Horn
Peter Boe   Keyboards
Richard Cousins   Bass
Wayne Jackson   Trombone,Trumpet
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Olson   Drums

Technical Credits

Robert Cray   Composer
Memphis Horns   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
D. Amy   Composer
Bruce Bromberg   Producer,Engineer
Bill Dashiell   Producer,Engineer
Dennis Walker   Composer,Producer,Engineer

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