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  • Summary: Craig Street produced the latest release from the R&B singer featuring songs originally made by The Black Keys, Bob Dylan, Gnarls Barkley, The Pogues, Sly & the Family Stone, Tom Waits, and Neil Young.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
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  1. Sep 28, 2012
    90
    Producer Craig Street's customary forte is smoothness but the grittier Muscle Shoals influence he's channeled here is perfectly tailored. [Nov 2012, p.77]
  2. Sep 25, 2012
    90
    LaVette deepens their meaning with a slow-burn commitment to the lyrical nuance and the emotional resonance in the melodies.
  3. Sep 26, 2012
    90
    It's a marvellous, spine-tingling journey around some not-so-obvious American songs, and also a stunning tutorial in different American music styles, strung together by LaVette's sensuous singing... Possibly the best set of songs she's ever recorded.
  4. 80
    This is another compelling example of Lavette's finely tuned interpretative talents taking songs to places you might not have imagined.
  5. Sep 25, 2012
    80
    With a few exceptions the music grounds itself in 1960s soul, staunchly chugging along as Ms. LaVette's bruised, caustic, adamant voice plunges into every line, coming through the songs as an unflinching survivor.
  6. Sep 25, 2012
    80
    Thankful N' Thoughtful is a solid outing from an outstanding singer who knows how to growl, croon, grumble, praise, and jump for joy with her vocal phrasing--whatever makes the song live and breathe.
  7. Oct 25, 2012
    50
    There is no denying that LaVette has a hell of a voice. On Thankful N' Thoughtful – as on her other work – it's a massive, destructive, ragged thing... [Yet] she has the voice, but not the songs. She has tried to overcome this by working with songs from other artists; the results are mixed.

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