“The album of the maturity”
“The album of the maturity for the ‘New Queen of the Blues’, because that is how the City of Chicago officially named her. 36 years old, 20 of which she spent singing the blues, and with such great talent! This Voice opened for the Rolling Stones. Then the Obamas invited her to perform at the White House. What else? Well, this eighth album! Never has Shemekia sounded better.”
This is how Juan Marquez Léon starts his review of Outskirts of Love in Blues Again, a French webzine. The author then describes the songs, before writing his conclusion: “I have to stop my review here. I am afraid my boss will fire me because I am too long. If this album is not chosen as Album of the year, I promise, I swear, I will go and review bananas and lettuces in hell!”
Read the whole review (in French) in Blues Again.
PS: Note the genre the magazine gave to the album: “Shemekia Copeland!”