Never Going Back - Shemekia Copeland
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  • Summary: The fifth album for the daughter of blues guitarist/singer Johnny Copeland was produced by Oliver Wood.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. 80
    Copeland herself is always gloriously centre-stage. [Jun 2009, p.108]
  2. Rather than debut with her new label by methodically working the groove that got her here, she has cut a dozen tunes that suggest she's ready to crunch a few genres.
  3. This is a more basic, stripped-down affair, yet Copeland's vocals are no less powerful. Boy, has she got a set of lungs.
  4. All in all, Copeland has delivered a solid set of music, easily recommended, that should please her fans and translate to some dynamic performances on tour.
  5. Such gospel-blues burners as "Rise Up" and "Big Brand New Religion" show Copeland can still shake the rafters when she wants to, but the further she gets from where she's already been, the more rewarding this album is to follow.
  6. The dry vocal mix leaves her somewhat narrow range exposed. It adds up to an unsatisfying whole.
  7. She has the potential to be the next Ann Peebles, a real superstar in the blues world. But first she needs to snap that leash.

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