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  • Summary: The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach recorded the Mississippi bluesman with contributions from Sam Bacco, Eric Deaton and Marcus King.
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  • Record Label: Easy Eye Sound
  • Genre(s): Electric Blues, Regional Blues, Acoustic Blues, Country Blues, Electric Country Blues, Delta Blues
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  1. Dec 17, 2019
    80
    It's a modernization of his sound but not a bowdlerization; if anything, it's perhaps the finest realization of Holmes' blues. At the very least, it's certainly the liveliest and boldest album he's made.
  2. Dec 17, 2019
    80
    Auerbach captured an energy and fire in Holmes that’s never been heard on record, and remarkably, was able to do so in a studio setting.
  3. 80
    The rawness of Holmes’ approach and the sheer down-home intensity of everything here may be too stark and unfiltered for most listeners. But thank Auerbach for capturing this most primal of blues music played with the loose, seemingly unrehearsed power and hypnotic force of what most will never experience unless they enter Holmes’ club on a sweaty Saturday night.
  4. Mojo
    Dec 17, 2019
    80
    It's Holmes who provides the spark throughout Cypress Grove. [Feb 2020, p.94]