Hope and Desire

Hope and Desire

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by Susan Tedeschi
     
 
While she's established herself as a triple threat over the past decade or so -- infusing her albums and live performances with virtuosic guitar playing, incisive songwriting, and raw, passionate singing -- Susan Tedeschi chose to concentrate fully on the third element in that mix for her fourth studio album. Tedeschi pretty much leaves her guitar in its case,

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While she's established herself as a triple threat over the past decade or so -- infusing her albums and live performances with virtuosic guitar playing, incisive songwriting, and raw, passionate singing -- Susan Tedeschi chose to concentrate fully on the third element in that mix for her fourth studio album. Tedeschi pretty much leaves her guitar in its case, deferring to the tandem of Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks (the latter of whom, for the uninitiated, is also her husband) and choosing songs from the catalogs of some of the most respected artists of the past half century. Unlike most "covers" discs, however, Hope and Desire retraces precious little well-traveled ground: While Tedeschi takes a shot at interpreting Dylan, she chooses to offer up an intimate, decidedly personal version of "Lord Protect My Child" instead of remaking one of Zimmy's better-known tunes. Similarly, she cherry-picks "You Got the Silver" from the sea of Rolling Stones songs, keeping its country-blues tenor but giving it a more rustic tinge than Keith Richards did. The disc's best cuts allow Tedeschi's voice to cut through with a minimum of accompaniment, notably her spin on Otis Redding's "Security" and a breathless version of "Soul of a Man," an undeservedly overlooked gem from the catalog of Fontella Bass. It's rare for an album of covers to seem like an act of progress rather than water-treading, but Hope and Desire comes across just that way -- a full-speed-ahead chug that inexorably coaxes the listener along for the ride.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On her first outing in three years and her freshman offering for Verve's Forecast label, Susan Tedeschi digs deep into the soul and R&B fakebook for inspiration and comes out a winner. With an all-star band that includes guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, pianist David Palmer, organist Jebin Bruni, bassist Paul Bryan, drummer Jay Bellerose, and guests including husband Derek Trucks and the Blind Boys of Alabama, Tedeschi goes down into her own heart's well for inspiration. Wonderfully produced by Joe Henry, Hope and Desire is truly a singer's showcase of passion and class; she has signature phrasing and is an excellent interpreter. Henry proves that Tedeschi is one hell of a singer. From the roots-country blues of the Jagger and Richards opener, "You Got the Silver," to the hardcore soul of Otis Redding's "Security" (her version is closer to the Etta James reading than Redding's but Tedeschi puts her own hard spin on it), the garbage-can blues guitar of Percy Mayfield's ripping "The Danger Zone," and the finger-poppin' R&B of "Tired of My Tears," Tedeschi proves she's second to none by wringing every ounce of truth from these classic tunes. In addition, her subtle, to-the-bone reading of Bob Dylan's "Lord Protect My Child" (with great Dobro work by Trucks), a definitive version of Iris DeMent's "Sweet Forgiveness," and Dorsey Brunette's "Magnificent Sanctuary Band" offer solid proof that Tedeschi can sing gospel as well. In fact, based on the evidence here, she can sing any damn thing she likes and move your heart, making you believe every word and wail in the grain of a song. That's as high a compliment as one can pay.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2005
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602498836163
catalogNumber:
000511102
Rank:
977

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susan Tedeschi   Primary Artist,Vocals
Paul Bryan   Bass,Bass Guitar
Niki Haris   Background Vocals
Jean McClain   Background Vocals
David Palmer   Piano,Electric Piano,Hammond B3
Derek Trucks   Dobro,Electric Guitar
Jay Bellerose   Percussion,Drums
Jebin Bruni   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Doyle Bramhall   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Blind Boys of Alabama   Background Vocals
David Palmer   Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano
Niki Harris   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Iris DeMent   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Joe Henry   Producer,Audio Production
Oliver Sain   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Alfred Braggs   Composer
Raymond Moore   Composer
James E. Holiday   Composer
Jerry Merrick   Composer

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Hope and Desire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why on Earth do we not hear more about Susan Tedeschi?! I stumbled into "Just Won't Burn" a few years ago at a record shop in Memphis (my home, so I do know the blues) and it knocked my socks off. I had a chance to see Tedeschi play live down on the river at one of our annual music festivals and was blown away. I moved away from Memphis a few years ago and get homesick pretty often for the music and the river city culture... Anyway, Tedeschi is a shot in the arm, a breath of fresh air for anyone who appreciates really good blues music. What a treat! You will not be disappointed. Pick up a copy of "Just Won't Burn" while your at it!