Hope and Desire

Hope and Desire

by Susan TedeschiSusan 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, 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.

Product Details

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

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

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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