The Robert Cray Band, False Accusations (1985)
I was a huge fan of Robert Cray for a long time – and then not much of a fan at all for perhaps a longer time. His latest album has me newly enthused; a return to form from a guy who has actually been consistent – probably troublingly so, in fact. I just couldn’t care about a lot of the music, soaked down in too many horn lines, an ugly mire of pleasant blues balladry, soul-lite and perfectly nice. That in fact has been the problem. But here’s a weird thing – I’ve had this album forever and never listened to it until just recently. I thought it was much earlier than it was – like his first or second effort. In fact it sits right in between Bad Influence and Strong Persuader – the two albums I first heard that sold me on the sound of Cray. It feels very odd hearing this bridge-album some 25/30 years after I first got hooked to that sound. It’s pretty good, but I can’t really give it the time or proper perspective now, I’d already written it off despite carrying it with me through flats and houses for over a decade now. Weird huh? Don’t answer that!
Sample Track: Porch Light
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