Faithful Man

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Think they don't make soul records like they used to? Daptone has proven otherwise, but that label isn't the only retro-soul outfit in town. Perhaps the success of Sharon Jones has made it possible for other old-school soul singers to ply their more organic trade without trying to sound contemporary by adding hip-hop or synths to appeal to a younger audience. Lee Fields is one, and even though he has recorded a few singles for Daptone, his association with Brooklyn's Truth & Soul imprint resulted in 2009's terrific My World release followed by this one that's arguably even better. While his early material was heavily funk influenced, Fields has since shifted into an ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Think they don't make soul records like they used to? Daptone has proven otherwise, but that label isn't the only retro-soul outfit in town. Perhaps the success of Sharon Jones has made it possible for other old-school soul singers to ply their more organic trade without trying to sound contemporary by adding hip-hop or synths to appeal to a younger audience. Lee Fields is one, and even though he has recorded a few singles for Daptone, his association with Brooklyn's Truth & Soul imprint resulted in 2009's terrific My World release followed by this one that's arguably even better. While his early material was heavily funk influenced, Fields has since shifted into an alternately gruff and tender world-weary soul belter/crooner; think more Wilson Pickett than James Brown, although there is a bit of JB's rasp in his seismic singing. A full band with occasional strings, horns, and intricate arrangements that split the difference between the grit of Stax and the more sophisticated R&B of Philadelphia International, and backing vocals, make this music seem like it was recorded in the '60s, not 2012. That's a very good thing indeed, and once the opening salvo of the title track explodes out of the speakers, anyone even vaguely interested in rootsy soul will be hooked for the next 40 minutes. Fields is in amazing form throughout; pleading, begging, and generally testifying with the passion of a musician who has never lost touch with his church beginnings. Songs such as "You're the Kind of Girl" and "Wish You Were Here" turn up the heat while focusing on choruses you'll be singing after the first spin. There's no place for this on the commercial airwaves of 2012, but if these same songs were waxed in the '60s when Aretha, Motown, Sam & Dave, and Otis Redding were staples of Top 40, Fields would have been a major star. He transforms the Stones' Sticky Fingers closer "Moonlight Mile" into the soul ballad that was lurking just underneath its surface. Most of the rest of the material is original and revolves around what becomes of the brokenhearted. Titles like "Walk on Thru That Door," "Still Hanging On," and "Who Do You Love" express loss and regret, perfectly articulated in Fields' expressive voice. Everything from the production, arrangements, and songwriting is synched to yield a soul gem whose retro roots prove that themes of those disillusioned with love remain timeless, as does music like this that so perfectly conveys them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2012
  • Label: Truth & Soul
  • UPC: 119964001821
  • Catalog Number: 18
  • Sales rank: 49,783

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Fields & the Expressions Primary Artist
Garo Yellin Strings
Lee Fields Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Michael Leonhart Electric Sitar
Nicole Wray Vocals, Background Vocals
Hiroko Taguchi Strings
Nick Movshon Bass, Drums
Leon Michels Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Wurlitzer
Thomas Brenneck Guitar
Toby Pazner Organ, Bass, Piano, Vibes, Wurlitzer
Brian Floody Timpani
Dave Guy Trumpet
Amy Kimball Strings
Aaron Johnson Trombone
Joe Crispiano Guitar
Vince John Bass, Piano
Clifton Reid Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer
Gene Paul Mastering
Rudy Petschauer Drum Technician
Keith Richards Composer
Jeff Silverman Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, String Arrangements
Lee Fields Composer
Nicole Wray Composer
Nick Movshon Composer
Leon Michels Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Thomas Brenneck Composer
Toby Pazner Composer, String Arrangements
Dave Guy Composer, Horn Arrangements
Vince John Composer
The Bear Cave Art Direction
Danny Akalepse Executive Producer
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