Sweet Talk

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
This Texas by way of Minneapolis blues/jazz/soul belter's first nationally available disc made a substantial impression out of the box in late 2003. It received major press attention and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Best New Artist Debut award. Even a cursory listen shows why. Austin's tough, husky growl can be as gutsy as Tina Turner or as tender as Maria Muldaur. Although her stunning duet with Delbert McClinton on "Pretend We Never Met" is one of the album's obvious highlights, it's by no means the only striking track. The soulful "When Something Is Wrong" recalls Ann Peebles' Hi label work and Austin gets downright nasty on the grinding sexy funk-rock of "Pour the ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
This Texas by way of Minneapolis blues/jazz/soul belter's first nationally available disc made a substantial impression out of the box in late 2003. It received major press attention and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Best New Artist Debut award. Even a cursory listen shows why. Austin's tough, husky growl can be as gutsy as Tina Turner or as tender as Maria Muldaur. Although her stunning duet with Delbert McClinton on "Pretend We Never Met" is one of the album's obvious highlights, it's by no means the only striking track. The soulful "When Something Is Wrong" recalls Ann Peebles' Hi label work and Austin gets downright nasty on the grinding sexy funk-rock of "Pour the Sugar Slowly." Incorrectly pigeonholed strictly as a blues artist probably due to her Blind Pig label affiliation, Austin is closer to a classic R&B vocalist in the tradition of Etta James and Turner. Also impressive is that the multi-talented musician -- who plays guitar and piano live -- was responsible for penning all but four of these tunes, an unusual accomplishment for a female singer. Her writing is sharp and diverse as she shifts gears from the gospel fervor of "Bottom of a Heart" to "Fool Moon"'s bluesy jazz lounge mood, just two songs that display her impressive range. Far from scattershot, Austin's talented band and the disc's smart pacing display her strengths without sounding as if she's giddily jumping genres. Like McClinton -- an obvious role model -- her presence is so powerful that she's comfortable in a variety of grooves and, at least on the basis of this album, succeeds at all of them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • UPC: 019148508729
  • Catalog Number: 5087

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Not Alone (4:03)
  2. 2 Pretend We Never Met (3:52)
  3. 3 When Something Is Wrong (3:29)
  4. 4 Pour the Sugar Slowly (3:51)
  5. 5 Bottom of a Heart (4:00)
  6. 6 Fool Moon (4:50)
  7. 7 Bury the Hatchet (4:18)
  8. 8 Unraveling (4:40)
  9. 9 Bitter Water (3:56)
  10. 10 Ain't Nobody (3:58)
  11. 11 Black Pearl (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Reneé Austin Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Daryl Burgess Vocal Harmony
Dave Jensen Trumpet
Cynthia Johnson Background Vocals
Bruce McCabe Piano, Electric Piano, Choir, Chorus, Clavinet
Dik Shopteau Bass, Choir, Chorus
Jeff Victor Organ, Electric Piano
Andy Dee Slide Guitar
Joe T. Cook Harmonica
Kevin Bowe Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Paul Diethelm Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Joanna Cotten Vocal Harmony
Billy Thommes Percussion, Drums, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Delbert McClinton Duet
Daryl Burgess Composer, Engineer
Duane Jarvis Composer
Bruce McCabe Composer
Tommy Shannon Producer
Dik Shopteau Producer, Mastering, overdub engineer
Tommy Tucker Jr. Mastering
Kevin Bowe Composer, Producer
Adam Hatley Engineer
Shannon Curfman Composer
Brian Hanna Engineer
Joe Stark Composer
Joanna Cotten Composer
Billy Graham Composer
Brian Hanna Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    If you love music, Sweet Talk could be the sleeper CD of the year. Reneé gives you eleven stellar performances ranging from blues to R&B to jazz to R&R. It's hard to pick a favorite -- every song is terrific. Reneé's unique song styling and soaring, growling, purring voice have a way of branding your soul. If you're like me, you'll listen to Sweet Talk over and over.

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