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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the pedal steel guitarist was recorded in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb.
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  • Record Label: Provogue
  • Genre(s): Blues, Gospel, Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Electric Blues, Contemporary Gospel, Jam Bands
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  1. Aug 30, 2019
    80
    The songwriting is impressively strong, with no weak or filler tracks. While Randolph is the focal point, the Family Band, which, in addition to his sister, includes cousins Danyel Morgan on bass and Marcus Randolph on drums, is amazingly versatile in how they can move between styles so fluidly. Brighter Days comes from sacred steel, and remains rooted in it, but isn’t locked into it.
  2. Aug 30, 2019
    70
    Brighter Days is a bit tidier and less adventurous than 2017's Got Soul, but it captures the heart and soul of Robert Randolph & the Family Band as well as their big, bold sound, and the results are strong, satisfying stuff.
  3. 70
    This is another in a series of solid, R&B-soaked Sacred Steel albums, each a little better and more focused than the last, that further cements the pedal steel’s — and Robert Randolph’s own — musical place both in and outside of the church.
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Aug 30, 2019
    70
    Randolph's evocative pedal steel soars reliably as his assured vocal attains new peaks of emotive character. [Sep 2019, p.87]