S.O.S.: Save Our Soul

S.O.S.: Save Our Soul

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by Marc Broussard
     
 

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Louisiana native Marc Broussard grew up steeped in music: at the knee of his father, guitarist Ted Broussard; in gospel praise at church; among Cajun country's fiddlers and pickers; and in New Orleans soul and funk. That last ingredient in the singer's personal gumbo comes to the fore on the aptly titled S.O.S.: Save Our Soul. Broussard's debut for Island,…  See more details below

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Louisiana native Marc Broussard grew up steeped in music: at the knee of his father, guitarist Ted Broussard; in gospel praise at church; among Cajun country's fiddlers and pickers; and in New Orleans soul and funk. That last ingredient in the singer's personal gumbo comes to the fore on the aptly titled S.O.S.: Save Our Soul. Broussard's debut for Island, Carencro (named for his his hometown), announced his powerfully gruff pipes with monumental blues-rock along the lines of "Home," but S.O.S. is more single-minded. Ten classic R&B tracks join Broussard's "Come In from the Cold," and what might seem like hubris -- covering some of Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and Al Green's signature songs -- is child's play for his seasoned voice. Despite the reverent arrangements (wah wah guitar and organ dominate), Broussard makes these songs his own. With the zeal only a 25-year-old could conjure, Marc Broussard preaches a powerful gospel on this disc, and it's impossible for his labors of love not to connect.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It might have come out in 2007, but S.O.S.: Save Our Soul is a record very much grounded in the soul music of the 1960s and 1970s, both in material and sound. To begin with, all but one of the songs is a cover of a '60s or '70s soul tune. The arrangements have a very vintage sound as well, singer Marc Broussard and multi-instrumentalist/background singer Calvin Turner being the only constant factors in a rotating cast of players. Give Broussard credit for not opting, for the most part, for overdone standards; there are covers of a few big hits here (Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues [Make Me Wanna Holler]," the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself," the Pointer Sisters' "Yes We Can, Can"), but also interpretations of lesser-known songs associated with Stevie Wonder, Bobby Womack, Rance Allen, Al Green, and Blood, Sweat & Tears. On its own terms, it's an OK record; Broussard's a good (if not too distinctive) singer, and the musical grooves are solid. If you made a mixtape of the originals, though, it would blow this out of the water, making this an inessential tribute to vintage soul that's rather pointless except as a showcase of Broussard's skill in carrying on the tradition.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707982627
catalogNumber:
79826
Rank:
108468

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Broussard   Primary Artist,Vocals
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
Jeff Coffin   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Dunn   Trombone
DeMarco Johnson   Organ,Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
David Ryan Harris   Vocals,Background Vocals
Andrew Ramsey   Banjo
Akil Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Shannon Sanders   Organ
Eric Krasno   Guitar
Ian Fitchuk   Background Vocals
Calvin Turner   Bass,Percussion,Horn,Background Vocals,Vibes
Nickie Conley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Toby Lightman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jon Jackson   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jerry Butler   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Luther Ingram   Composer
Frederick Knight   Composer
Kooper   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Jim Ford   Composer
Radney Foster   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Composer
Vernon Bullock   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Don Hunter   Composer
Joe Martino   Engineer
Mack Rice   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Alex McKinney   Web Design
James Nyx   Composer
Lula Mae Hardaway   Composer
Marc Broussard   Composer,Liner Notes
Calvin Turner   Producer,String Arrangements
Justin Tocket   Composer,Producer,Engineer

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