Sunday, June 10, 2012

Faithful Man

by Lee Fields

Lee Fields first caught my ear on some songs included on Truth & Soul's Falling Off the Reel compilations, and I enjoyed his singing.  Fields fits squarely with artists like Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, who are enjoying the resurgence of interest in soul music.

On Faithful Man, Fields gives us nine songs (and one interlude) that address the usual issues of soul music - titles like 'Faithful Man', 'I Still Got It', 'Who Do You Love', and 'It's All Over (But The Crying)' are timeless in their approach and presentation, unlike the music of an artist like Mayer Hawthorne.

Fields is joined by Leon Michels, of the El Michels Affair, on production and a variety of instruments.  Fields is backed by some great musicians, and there is a wonderful brass section on many of these tracks.  Nothing on this album is particularly groundbreaking or innovative, but it is very comfortable, and worth listening to repeatedly.

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