American Soul

  • Record Label: Rhino
  • Release Date: Nov 6, 2012

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
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  1. Q Magazine
    Nov 26, 2012
    Three years after Rod's Soulbook covers album, Hucknall does that bit better, as you would expect from a voice with more than a decade's less wear and tear. [Dec 2012, p.106]
  2. 80
    There's an assured balance of passion and restraint in his takes on "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "I Only Have Eyes For You", though his "Lonely Avenue" lacks Ray Charles' relaxed slouch.
  3. Nov 26, 2012
    Hearing these songs in any format is a tremendous pleasure, and Hucknall here does them credit.
  4. Mojo
    Nov 26, 2012
    When Hucknall pulls a performance only the most blinkered would argue he brings nothing to the party. [Dec 2012, p.86]
  5. Nov 26, 2012
    It gets closer to the spirit and sound of what Hucknall loves.
  6. Uncut
    Nov 26, 2012
    American Soul is more rewarding than Phil Collins' recent album of Motown covers, but is ultimately defined by a similar sense of futility. [Dec 2012, p.72]
  7. Nov 26, 2012
    The central weakness is that, no matter how good the songs, you don't get swept away with the emotion of great (hit) lyrics.
  8. Nov 26, 2012
    This is music that originates from the soul, but it is delivered in an entirely soulless fashion.
  9. Tthey run the gamut from cheesy to cheesier with Hucknall managing to make every song sound impressively dated.

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