Shoulda Been Home

Shoulda Been Home

by Robert Cray


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Shoulda Been Home

The follow-up to Robert Cray’s Take Off Your Shoes, Shoulda Been Home is another sizzling soul set that laces roadhouse rock with the Memphis R&B of the ‘60s. It’s a niche that the long-standing Cray band has polished to perfection, and now the four-piece ensemble can risk stretching out a bit. The nine-minute “Out of Eden,” penned by keyboardist Jimmy Pugh, is a contemporary gospel-sounding story of a couple forced by a judgmental community to become transients. Cray’s voice moves between pain and hope against Pugh’s organ swells and a rhythmic hand-clapping that turns to applause at the end. Pugh also penned the sultry come-on “Anytime,” which recalls Bobby Bland’s bedroom ballads. The blend of Cray’s biting guitar solo with his velvety vocals creates a seductive excitement. “Young Bob,” as Cray sometimes calls himself, also goes back to his blues roots for covers of two tunes recorded by Elmore James, the rockin’ “Cry for Me Baby” and “The 12 Year Old Boy,” the story of a man losing his woman to a child. From the Stax era comes a driving rendition of Mack Rice’s catchy “Love Sickness.” Cray originals fill out the rest of the CD with his signature themes of a unrequited love -- the most memorable being “Already Gone,” which floats atop a mellow, liquid instrumentation. But then this band has been together so long that anything they play flows with the richness of expensive red wine at a down-home fried chicken dinner.

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Release Date: 05/15/2001
Label: Rykodisc
UPC: 0014431061127
catalogNumber: 10611
Rank: 76231

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