The Promise - Mitch Ryder
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  • Summary: The first release in the US since 1983 from Mitch Ryder, the singer best known for the song Devil With a Blue Dress On, was produced by Don Was.
  • Record Label: Michigan Broadcasting Corporation
  • Genre(s): R&B, Soul, Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Retro-Soul, Detroit Rock, Retro-Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mar 20, 2012
    80
    Ultimately The Promise doesn't point toward the future, but it does deliver fulfillment abundantly, from the place things really are, showcasing a confident, relevant, singer and songwriter.
  2. Mar 20, 2012
    80
    Mitch Ryder here astutely merges heartbreaking social realism with accomplished, funky Motown/James Brown grooves. [Mar 2012, p.97]
  3. Mar 20, 2012
    77
    It's not a masterpiece or a groundbreaking new direction musically, just an hour of mostly solid rock 'n' roll.
  4. Mar 20, 2012
    70
    With a sympathetic producer in Don Was, who worked with Ryder in the 1990s with his own Motor City band Was (Not Was), Ryder is able to make a late-career statement that stands tall alongside anything he's ever done.
  5. 60
    While it's not in the vein of his riveting, pulsating classics, it's a tough, often lyrically reflective rumination set to no nonsense, simmering, often swampy blues inflected rockers with an undercurrent of taut funk.
  6. Jun 14, 2012
    30
    It's hard to see how The Promise could achieve some sort of musical relevancy.