“So singularly talented”

The princess of blues singers is back on the acclaimed Alligator blues label, after a brief time away, experimenting with jazzier and poppier sounds. It’s not that Copeland didn’t kill it with those styles too, just that she’s so singularly talented in interpreting blues and soul. Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers is the producer and guitarist here, with guests including Billy Gibbons, Robert Randolph, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. The title cut is a memorable tune about resilience, and “Crossbone Beach” is so potent it takes your breath away. Copeland’s usual cover of one of her dad’s songs finds her bringing new life to Johnny Copeland’s “Devil’s Hand,” and a “Drivin’ Out Of Nashville” is a smart ballad about life in the music business.

By Jay Miller, who put Outskirts of Love in his “Favorites of 2015” —”the albums that kept returning to our playlist, sticking to our turntable, blasting through our earbuds”—, published by The Enterprise.

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