American Soul - Mick Hucknall
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  • Summary: The former frontman of Simply Red pays tribute to American 1960s soul music with this 12-track covers release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Nov 26, 2012
    80
    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
    70
    Hearing these songs in any format is a tremendous pleasure, and Hucknall here does them credit.
  4. Nov 26, 2012
    60
    It gets closer to the spirit and sound of what Hucknall loves.
  5. Nov 26, 2012
    50
    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]
  6. Nov 26, 2012
    50
    The central weakness is that, no matter how good the songs, you don't get swept away with the emotion of great (hit) lyrics.
  7. Tthey run the gamut from cheesy to cheesier with Hucknall managing to make every song sound impressively dated.

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