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Change in the Weather

  • 1. Give It Time
    2. Two Bit Town
    3. Feel Like I Do
    4. All Alone
    5. Should Have Known
    6. Casanova
    7. See Me Through
    8. Sunny Daze
    9. It Won't Be Long
    10. Sad But True
    11. Let Me Know
    12. Uncle John
    13. Lady Jane
    14. Lazy Days
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4908

  • Credits
    ProducerEric Lindell; Aaron Wilkinson
    EngineerDrew Vonderhaar; Mark Bingham; Phil Smith; Roger Tschann

    Personnel: Eric Lindell (vocals, guitar, organ); Randy Dzielak (guitar, dobro); Chris Mule (slide guitar); Greg Izor, Andy J. Forest (harmonica); Jason Mingledorff, Jason Parfait (saxophone); Dave Chachere (trumpet); Adam Theis (trombone); Ivan Neville (Clavinet); Marc Adams, Jerry Plaisance (organ); Harold Brown (drums, percussion); Jake Brown (drums, background vocals); Stanton Moore (drums); Steve Froberg, Delisha Adams, Raychell Richard, Shannon McNally (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Eric Lindell; Drew Vonderhaar; Wes Fotenot; Mark Bingham; Phil Smith; Roger Tschann.
    Photographer: Paul Natkin.
    Although he was not born in Louisiana, Eric Lindell follows Marc Broussard's career path as a young and soulful guitar-slinging upstart with his heart in the R&B of the '60s and his soul in New Orleans. This pastiche of an album released in 2006 collects and remasters the audio for music that has been previously available on tiny, poorly distributed local imprints. Despite its stitched-together origins, the disc holds together remarkably well as a cohesive statement, primarily due to Lindell's low-key yet impressive talents as singer, songwriter, and bandleader. Latin influences such as the percussion (courtesy of War's Harold Brown) and trumpet on "Sunny Daze," along with a reggae lilt on "It Won't Be Long," "Casanova," and "Two Bit Town," bring Caribbean sunshine to the sound. The opening "Give It Time" recalls Traffic in its "Dear Mr. Fantasy" chords, but the tune -- like many on his Alligator Records debut -- snakes around a soulful, gospel-styled, slow-burning vibe that is best described as rootsy. Lindell is loose and seems like he's having a ball throughout. That enthusiasm bleeds into the album's upbeat approach, especially on such frisky, party-ready tunes as "Feel Like I Do." He brings the horns and female backing vocals for an Otis Redding-inspired "All Alone," one of the many examples where Lindell's relaxed yet convincing vocals carry the song. Like much R&B, there aren't many guitar solos and only the sax takes the lead on most instrumental breaks. But the album connects with hummable songs less concerned with individual talents than with the musicians' contribution to the overall groove. As laid-back and casually inviting as a crisp spring day, Lindell kicks off his career for this blues imprint with an impressive and frothy release that shows he's just starting to reveal the full extent of his talent. ~ Hal Horowitz

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.73) - "Lindell props up his beguiling group sound on the foundation of time-tested blues, reggae, soul and r&b..."
    Dirty Linen (p.91) - "The album's crossover appeal, thanks to a blend of '70s-inspired Stevie Wonder, Pops Staples, Buddy Guy, and Junior Wells is enormous..."
    Living Blues (p.62) - "[H]is breezy pipes complement the chilled-out, springtime atmosphere of the tunes..."
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