Electric Slave

  • Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Aug 27, 2013
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Aug 27, 2013
    90
    Electric Slave makes a strong case that Lewis is ready to go toe-to-toe with the Dan Auerbachs of the world, and easily has what it takes to go the distance.
  2. Oct 2, 2013
    80
    Black Joe Lewis and his full-tilt-boogie band of musicians has assembled an outstanding set of tunes, full of gutsy, barely-restrained performances.
  3. 75
    For if you don’t get distracted by the constant temptations of modern contrivances and social connectivity, and buy into these simple but striking songs that Lewis is selling on Electric Slave, then he’s got the cure for the modern ills and then some.
  4. Nov 21, 2013
    70
    In Electric Slave, Black Joe Lewis has crafted a reference point that’ll supplant those old YouTube performances and provide future Lewis scholars with what is arguably the defining point of his career.
  5. Aug 29, 2013
    70
    While he still peppers his rock anthems with flourishes from an adept jazz-informed horn section, Electric Slave is his most primitive album to date.
  6. Aug 27, 2013
    70
    Although it meanders in places, the mood remains high-spirited.
  7. 70
    While Lewis can emote with the best of them, a little more nuanced emotion in the music would really let his vocals shine.
  8. Aug 29, 2013
    67
    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
  9. Aug 27, 2013
    65
    lectric Slave explores old forms with vigor, charting links in minutes that took years to develop.