The British blue-eyed soul singer and guitarist James Hunter could turn out to be one of those performers who gets a Best New Artist Grammy nomination well into his career (see Lynne, Shelby). A decade prior to the impressive People Gonna Talk, Hunter released Believe What I Say and then followed it with 2001's Kick It Around. But while those albums never found their audience, People Gonna Talk no doubt will, thereby making the title a self-fulfilling prophecy. Hunter's effortlessly soulful tenor and tasty but not flashy guitar playing lead a stripped-down blues band of two saxophones, bass, and drums (Hunter recorded the album at Toe Rag Studios, the analogue oasis where the White Stripes recorded Elephant), and songs like the acoustic "Mollena" and the electric "It's Easy to Say" are both spacious and full-bodied. There's no hiding Hunter's antecedents -- Sam Cooke and Ray Charles, Boz Scaggs and Van Morrison, who's been Hunter's mentor (that's Hunter on backing vocals on Morrison's excellent 1994 live album, A Night in San Francisco) -- but they only place him in a noble tradition. And to easy-swinging Cooke-style (uh, "Cooke-ing"?) tracks such as "Tell Her for Me" and "I'll Walk Away" and rocking jump blues à la Charles such as " 'Til Your Fool Comes Home," Hunter adds his own twists, such as the reggae-infused title track or the rockabilly-inflected "Talking 'Bout My Love." Impressive stuff from a new veteran.
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Performance CreditsJames Hunter Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ellen Blair Viola,Guest Appearance
Damian Hand Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Tom Morgan Piano
Jon Lee Percussion,Drums,Track Performer
Carwyn Ellis Organ,Guest Appearance
Gill Morley Violin,Guest Appearance
Lee Badau Baritone Saxophone,Track Performer
Vicky Matthews Organ
Gavin Whitlock Baritone Saxophone
Technical CreditsDamian Hand String Arrangements
James Hunter Composer
Liam Watson Producer,Engineer
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People Gonna Talk based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Among 7 Outstanding tracks are "Riot in my Heart", "It's easy to say" and "Talking 'bout my love". The guitar work across the album is pretty slick and on the mark.