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Bonnie Bramlett - Beautiful


Bonnie Bramlett

Rockin' Camel Music - RCM-DT005

Available from Rockin' Camel Musc.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

The voice, the sultriness, the punchy rhythms, and the sassiness are still there for all to hear on this disc. Delaney isn't. However, there is plenty of soul and grit to hang the vocals on. The supporting musicians gathered by producer Johnny Sandlin have that southern soul sound down which is to be expected of a band that include such stalwarts of the Muscle Shoals scene as Spooner Oldham, Bill Stewart, James Pennebaker, Tommy Talton, David Hood, as well as Randall Bramlett, and Bekka Bramlett (Bonnie and Delaney's daughter). And the voice of Bonnie Bramlett, the only white Ikette ever in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, is still the voice that wraps around you, enfolds you, and communicates with such intense feelings no matter what the tempo of the song. This disc is a mélange of good songwriting with a very diverse group of songs; from Stephen Stills classic, For What Its Worth, to Billy Joe Shaver's, I Do Believe, to the Randall Bramblett penned, Shake Something Loose, which is a Stones style rocker. Then there is her duet with her daughter, on a tune Bekka wrote with Gary Nicholson, and is very reminiscent of the music of Delaney and Bonnie. This is a disc that has a long sustained sizzle and a life that is gained from the strength and steel of the players. Perhaps her strongest, most heartfelt singing is on Steve Conn's, Beautiful, which just has that truth imbedded in it

Track List:

  • Sure Got Away with My Heart
  • Witness for Love
  • Strongest Weakness
  • Beautiful
  • Foe What It's Worth
  • I Do Believe
  • Shake Something Loose
  • Bless 'Em All
  • He'll Take Care of You

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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