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BAND/AUTHOR:

ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND

(UNITED STATES)

TITLE:
BRIGHTER DAYS
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
MASCOT LABEL GROUP
GENRE:
ROCK
""Brighter Days" is the brilliant synthesis of blues-rock writing, original pedal steel sounds and rich vocals."
NUNO777 - 07.08.2019 -
It is within his Pentecostal brotherhood that Robert Randolph joins forces with the pedal steel, a guitar placed horizontally with a system of pedals to modify the tonality that is practiced with a finger pick and a steel bar. He became one of the most famous guitarists to the point of being spotted by Eric Clapton and to enter the list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time drawn up by Rolling Stone magazine. It is within his tribe the Family Band that Robert Randolph has been playing since 2002 and "Brighter Days" is their sixth album.

The steel guitar is much more than a musical instrument in some evangelical branches. From the 1930s it replaced the organ andtook on an almost cult dimension from which the musical art called Sacred Steel emerged. Sacred Steel crystallizes a luminous, singing and brotherly spirit that can be found in Robert Randolph's album. "Brighter Days" quintessentially combines this alliance with music with obviously blues roots, to which is added a communion of gospel voices. Robert Randolph and the Family Band maintain a musical tradition rooted in a popular consciousness without falling into the past or the commonplace and express themselves in a great diversity of approaches and a few touches of modernity that make this album navigate between different styles.

The beginning of the album can be heard as a hard core of blues and gospel compositions whose spirit remains turned towards the transcendent with the moist and reptilian "Simple Man", "Have Mercy" with its admirable soul intensity, the very catchy "Don't Fight It" with its pedal steel howls or the hard-blues "Cut Em Loose" whose repetitive motifs provoke exaltation. The sequel to "Brighter Days" sees Robert and his band inject a secularized dimension into their songs by playing with pop and rock accents. This second part of the album is no less successful than the first with the superb pop mid-tempo "Cry Over Me" haunted by female vocals, a crooner "I Need You" and the dynamics "I'm Living Off The Love You Give" and "Strange Train" with an assumed rock spirit.
 
No need to be a blues and gospel convert to join "Brighter Days" because he will be able to unite as many people as possible thanks to his variety and the quality of his compositions. The rich contributions of musicians and choirs give him his energy, his invigorating positivity and his soul. It is also an original record due to the unusual sounds of the pedal steel, which Robert Randolph makes a virtuoso but accessible use of to both rhythmic and soloist. Rarely has an album ever been so well named.

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TRACK LISTING

01. Baptise Me
02. Don't Fight It
03. Simple Man
04. Have Mercy
05. Cut Em Loose
06. Second Hand Man
07. Cry over Me
08. I Need You
09. I'm Living off the Love You Give
10. Strange Train


LINEUP

Danyel Morgan: Basse
Jason Crosby: Claviers
Marcus Randolph: Batterie
Robert Randolph: Chant / Guitares / Pedal Steel


TAGS:
Easy Listening / FM, Bluesy, Chorus
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