Cold World - Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
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  • Band members: Naomi Shelton
  • Summary: The second retro soul release on Daptone Recordings for the gospel/R&B singer was recorded live on eight-track tape.
  • Record Label: Daptone
  • Genre(s): R&B, Soul, Gospel, Retro-Soul, Deep Funk Revival, Northern Soul, Black Gospel
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jul 29, 2014
    82
    The various feels weave into a core sample that merges old-school Stax with church music for anyone who’d dare to listen.
  2. Aug 20, 2014
    80
    It moves musical mountains with joyous funk, ecstatic hand-clappers, and fine redemption blues. [Sep 2014, p.95]
  3. Jul 29, 2014
    80
    Cold World is an example of what Daptone and the retro-soul crowd are doing right, and it's an authoritative and affecting piece of work.
  4. Aug 28, 2014
    80
    This second album packs sock-it-to-me punch aplenty in 12 tunes that just happen to be about the Lord. [Sep 2014, p.114]
  5. Jul 29, 2014
    73
    It’s Shelton who confidently ties everything together and insinuates a larger story arc in the sequencing.
  6. Aug 11, 2014
    70
    It's '60s-soul funky rather than frenzied testifying. [Sep 2014, p.76]
  7. 60
    While there’s nothing quite as dynamic as the best work of Shelton’s labelmates Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, Cold World provides a rousing listen for fans of vintage soul.

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