Wait for Me
First Appeared at The Music Box, February 2003, Volume 10, #2
Written by John Metzger
In 1998, Susan Tedeschi took the blues and jam band worlds by storm with her remarkable Grammy-nominated album Just Wonít Burn. Where most artists quickly would have followed suit with another outing, Tedeschi took a four-year hiatus and only recently resurfaced. Her new album Wait for Me offers a bit more stylistic diversity as she explores Memphis soul (Alone), funk (Hampmotized), and piano-driven pop balladry (Wrapped in the Arms of Another) ó all with graceful ease. On the barn-burner I Fell in Love, Tedeschi cuts loose with pianist Johnnie Johnson, while her husband Derek Trucks rips fiery guitar licks throughout The Feeling Music Brings.
In the past, Tedeschi rightfully has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, and Wait for Me will only serve to reinforce that notion. Thatís not necessarily a bad thing, although Tedeschi is far too talented to mimic her predecessor quite this closely. There are a few moments on Wait for Me in which Tedeschi nearly follows Raitt right off the cliff into the lifeless realm of adult contemporary pop, but fortunately, Tedeschi never succumbs to its numbing effect.
The bulk of the album, therefore, makes for a welcome comeback ó one that often recalls the gospel blues of Etta James mixed with the soulful folk of Van Morrison. As such, it is a better outing than Just Wonít Burn, though it still falls a bit short of what she is capable of producing.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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