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Talking to Strangers

  • 1. Livin' on Love
    2. Two's a Crowd
    3. When a Woman's Had Enough
    4. Sholanda's
    5. Don't Whisper
    6. Should Have Come Home
    7. Talking to Strangers
    8. Too Much Traffic
    9. Too Close
    10. Walk On
    11. Ka-Ching
    12. Push I Need, The
    13. Happy Valentine's Day
    14. When the Battle Is Over
    15. Pie in the Sky
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 14887

  • Credits
    ProducerMac Rebennack
    EngineerRay Bardani

    Personnel: Shemekia Copeland (vocals); Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack (vocals, piano, organ); Arthur Nielson (guitar, slide guitar); Hugh McCracken (guitar); Jason Ladayne (electric piano); David Barard (bass, percussion, background vocals); Jason Langley (bass); Herman Ernest (drums, percussion, background vocals); Larry McDonald, Fingers Hahn (percussion).
    Recorded at The Hit Factory, Sorcerer Sound, Mirror Image Recordings, New York, New York.
    This disc, which has Dr. John at the controls as a producer, brings together a mix that brings out the best for all those concerned and involved with this project. There is no weakness here, it is a straight-ahead use of all the strengths of Shemekia Copeland, daughter of Johnny Copeland. The songs were well selected to effectively show off all her potency as a vocalist. There are some many good writers that are also players on this disc that the tunes fit like gloves. There are strong contributions by John "Fingers" Hahn, Mac Rebennack, and Shemekia Copeland herself. The tunes, varied in style, are all based in the deep blues, and were selected for their capability to push her vocal talents to constant new personal pinnacles. She keeps it interesting by varying the pace and on "The Push I Need," she sounds right at home singing this funky tune as a duet with Dr. John. She stays with the good Dr. through the tune as if she were doing this everyday. Then she turns around and seems just as comfortable singing "Happy Valentine's Day," as a slow bluesy torch-burner, with minimal accompaniment. This disc shows us some new sides of this fine singer, while she stretches her limits and she more than holds her own while being in the company of such luminous musicians as accompany her on this disc. This disc seems a return to the blues burner she is capable of being. She does her daddy proud on this stellar disc. ~ Bob Gottlieb

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (11/02, pp.43-4) - "...With this disc, Shemekia Copeland has made giant strides toward realizing her enormous potential..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (12/02, p.121) - "...[Copeland] adds a scintillating sliver of New Orleans funk to her stew....Shimmering, feisty soul..."
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