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  • Summary: The first release of new material from Steve Van Zandt in nearly 20 years features a 14-piece band and was co-produced with Geoff Sanoff and Mark Ribler.
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  1. May 2, 2019
    These are richly bombastic horn arrangements, dancing grooves, and high powered performances from a band that loves taking it at full throttle.
  2. 70
    Back in the saddle as bandleader, his tangible labour of love defiantly captures old-school New York’s cross-pollinating melting pot with rich infusions of Latin (Party Mambo), blues (I Visit The Blues), blaxploitation (Vortex), classic rock’n’roll (Superfly Terra Plane), Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes (Soul Power Twistin’) and still making a social point on Education.
  3. 70
    Few artists have the financial means or artistic vision to pull off a thunderous production like this which is impressive in its scope and sheer booming audio audacity. Van Zandt doesn’t have the best voice (his attempt to croon a ballad on “Suddenly You” is almost comedic), but he generally puts across the material in a sort of sub-Southside Johnny howl.
  4. Uncut
    May 2, 2019
    It's an upbeat trip down the boardwalk. [Jun 2019, p.30]
  5. May 17, 2019
    Imagine Asbury Park, New Jersey encompassing an entire musical planet and you get an idea of what Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul are doing on Summer of Sorcery, and if you dig rockin' soul, this should be right up your alley.
  6. Mojo
    Jun 25, 2019
    A few missteps, but horn-pumped soul-rocker Love Again is a happy return for the Jersey Shore prince. [Aug 2019, p.98]
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