Tuesday, 01 January 2008
You’re going to either love or dismiss this album, turn all your friends on to it or never give it another thought. Dismiss it because it’s nothing but a rip, of classic soul artists from the classy era. So Ryan Shaw’s a good imitator. He can evoke the greats, and this sounds like some late night TV offering of The Greatest Sounds of Stax/Volt/Motown as Sung by Ryan Shaw, but adds nothing that tells us, really, who Shaw is, or what he has to contribute as an artist, today. Good voice, knows his history, his licks are in line, but so what? Why not just listen to the originals?
Me, I’m passionately on the love-it! side, thank you, and the very first time I threw on This is Ryan Shaw I was blown away, by the first song, by the first ...