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"With this festive and spontaneous "Shadows & Lights", The Supersoul Brothers Band revives the dancing soul of the Stax label."
NEWF (08.10.2021)  
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In the 60's, two labels were fighting to represent American soul music. Two labels, two cities, two different visions of swing and groove. On the one hand, Motown (in Detroit) and its procession of stars such as Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder or the Jackson Five who strongly tinted their soul music with a pop color for the general public, on the other hand, the Stax label (in Memphis) for whom soul music was primarily associated with dance and trance. If the latter is less known to the general public than the former, it is nevertheless the cradle of deep soul, an organic music based on groove which, under the leadership of guitarist Steve Cropper, produced the best in the genre: Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and many others. At the time, Memphis was the cradle of swing and groove, a feel-good music that was brought back to the forefront by the Blues Brothers in the 80s and by The Commitments in the 90s. A music that was hardly played anymore, except by some cover bands, at least until the arrival of The Supersoul Brothers Band.

Behind this name hides a new band from France, determined to revive the soul of the Stax label. Its first album "Shadows & Lights", recorded live in the old way, is a concentrate of good vibrations, joy and optimism with titles which smell good the subtle mixture between the soul, the rhythm and blues and the rock ('Don't Lockdown Your Heart', 'Common People', 'Sookie Sookie Baby'), as in the good old time when Wilson Pickett inflamed the dance floors with 'Mustang Sally' and 'Land Of 1000 Dances'.

Of course "Shadows & Lights" is not perfect, and some tracks would have deserved to be more developed ('How Shall We Dance Life', 'Shadows & Lights', 'Rose') but the album is such a pleasure to listen to that these imperfections are quickly erased by the energy and the feeling that emanate from it, by David Noël's voice, so close to Otis Redding's, and by the cohesion of the sextet whose pleasure to play is so obvious that it is very quickly communicative.

The challenge of reviving an American music that is almost 60 years old is a daring one. The musicians succeed with this festive and spontaneous album, and they don't hesitate to take risks that pay off, like the superb piano-vocal cover of Boby Womack's 'Please Forgive My Heart' or the astonishing rhythm and blues version of David Bowie's 'Heroes'.

With this surprising and exciting "Shadows & Lights", a whole part of the American soul culture is revived. A successful bet for The Supersoul Brothers, who fervently appropriate James Brown's famous quote: "the only thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing."

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01. Don't Lockdown Your Heart
02. Only Love
03. How Shall We Dance Life
04. Shadows & Lights
05. Comin' Home Baby
06. Please Forgive My Heart
07. Common People
08. Sookie Sookie Baby
09. Do The Soulfood
10. Supersoul
11. Rose
12. Heroes

Claire-rousselot Paillez: Choeurs
David Noël: Chant
Fabrice Seny-couty: Batterie
Julien Stantau: Claviers / Piano
Julien Suhubiette: Trombone
Ludovic Timoteo: Basse
Pierre-antoine Dumora: Guitares
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