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Soft Place to Fall [Deborah Coleman]
1. Look What You Do to Me
3. Soft Place to Fall
4. Don't Lie to Me
5. If You Love Me Like You Say
6. Another Hoping Fool
7. I'm a Woman
8. So Damn Easy
9. Nothing to Do With Love
10. What Goes Around
11. Day It Comes, The
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5061
Personnel: Deborah Coleman (vocals, electric & slide guitars); Jack Holder, Billy Crawford (guitar); Billy Gibson (harmonica); Ernest Williamson Jr. (organ, keyboards); Dave Smith (bass); Steve Potts, Marty Binder (drums); William Brown, Jackie Johnson, Reba Russell (background vocals).
Engineers: Skidd Mills, Peter Matthews, Jason Latshaw.
Recorded at Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee.
Personnel: Deborah Coleman (vocals, guitar, slide guitar); Jack Holder, Billy Crawford (guitar); Billy Gibson (harmonica); Ernest Williamson (organ, keyboards); Steve Potts , Marty Binder (snare drum); Jackie Johnson, William Brown (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Skidd Mills.
Recording information: Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN.
Photographer: Marc Norberg.
For her third recording, Coleman continues to show the promise that her previous CDs gave a glimpse of. While still not as much of a blues devotee as she could be, she gives all indications of being a solid performer, a steadily improving vocalist, and a decent guitarist. She wrote three of the 11 cuts here, and they're the best of the lot. "What Goes Around" is a good 12-bar tune about cheatin' and messin' around; "Another Hoping Fool" is a slinky blues number about waiting by the telephone for that reassuring late-night call; and the title track sounds much like a Dire Straits tune, especially in the spare guitar playing of Coleman and Jack Holder. Coleman interprets Little Johnny Taylor's "If You Love Me Like You Say" in a cool funk mode, jumps into the direct blues of the adapted classic "I'm a Woman," and rocks the Jerry Williams number "Nothin' to Do With Love," which has all the potential to be a legitimate hit. On the boogie beat of "Don't Lie to Me" and the hard swing of the getting-back-to-love statement "So Damn Easy," Coleman changes up a bit to a more authentic blues style. She rocks on the simple "Look What You Do to Me," rocks even harder for "Confused," and goes into a more Southern-rock area on "The Day It Comes." She also uses pop/R&B-ish background vocals on "Look What You Do," "The Day," and "So Damn Easy." Deborah Coleman is still on the trail of eclipsing Sue Foley, Debbie Davies, and Susan Tedeschi to take her place as the high priestess of contemporary blues. While not there yet, she has all the tools and musical ability to reach that lofty perch. ~ Michael G. Nastos
CMJ (3/13/00, p.28) - "...Her explosive blues-rock licks, combined with her smooth yet sassy vocal style, makes 'Confused' sound like Led Zeppelin backing Etta James..."
Down Beat (7/00, p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Emphasizes the rock side of her blues-rock style. She sings quite well and she throttles her Telecaster with more musical intelligence and character than most any testosterone-jacked guitar man you can name..."
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