BN.com Gift Guide

Hope and Desire

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
See more details below
CD
$10.05
BN.com price
(Save 8%)$10.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (9) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $7.65   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602498836163
  • Catalog Number: 000511102
  • Sales rank: 28,869

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 II Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Five 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
Doug Sax Mastering
Stevie Wonder Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Alfred Braggs Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Raymond Moore Composer
James E. Holiday Composer
Jerry Merrick Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible Talent!!!

    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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews