CD After the Rain [Irma Thomas] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 145490),
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After the Rain [Irma Thomas] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. In the Middle of It All
    2. Flowers
    3. I Count the Tears
    4. Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor
    5. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
    6. If You Knew How Much
    7. Another Man Done Gone
    8. Till I Can't Take It Anymore
    9. These Honey Do's
    10. Another Lonely Heart
    11. Soul of a Man
    12. Stone Survivor
    13. Shelter in the Rain
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 612 186

  • Credits
    ProducerScott Billington

    Personnel: Irma Thomas (vocals); Dirk Powell (electric guitar, fiddle); Sonny Landreth (slide guitar); David Torkanowsky (electric piano, Hammond b-3 organ); James Singleton (acoustic bass); Stanton Moore (drums); Charles "Chucky C" Elam, III, Marc Broussard, Juanita Brooks (background vocals).
    Although Irma Thomas reportedly chose the songs for her 2006 album, AFTER THE RAIN, prior to Hurricane Katrina's devastation of her hometown of New Orleans, there is simply no avoiding the specter of that disaster as it looms over the performances on this collection. The very best R&B has always been built around both a response to heartache and a refusal to be defeated by it, and that notion is clearly evident in Thomas's moving, soul-deep renderings of the 13 tracks here. Standouts include her take on Arthur Alexander's aching "In the Middle of it All"; a spare, bluesy reading of Blind Willie Johnson's "Soul of a Man"; and the simple, gospel-tinged piano-driven closer, "Shelter in the Rain."

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (p.36) - "It's perhaps the most subtle recording of her long career....The use of acoustic bass, in place of the usual electric, also helps give the proceedings a laid-back feel."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The songs] have taken on an added poignancy....Brimming with perspicacity and faith."
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