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Thankful N' Thoughtful
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Album: Thankful N' Thoughtful
# Song Title   Time
1)    Everything Is Broken More Info...
2)    I'm Not The One More Info...
3)    Dirty Old Town More Info...
4)    The More I Search (The More I Die) More Info...
5)    I'm Tired More Info...
6)    Crazy More Info...
7)    Yesterday Is Here More Info...
8)    Thankful N' Thoughtful More Info...
9)    Fair Enough More Info...
10)    Time Will Do The Talking More Info...
11)    Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere More Info...
12)    Dirty Old Town (Slow Version) More Info...
 

Album: Thankful N' Thoughtful
# Song Title   Time
1)    Everything Is Broken More Info...
2)    I'm Not The One More Info...
3)    Dirty Old Town More Info...
4)    The More I Search (The More I Die) More Info...
5)    I'm Tired More Info...
6)    Crazy More Info...
7)    Yesterday Is Here More Info...
8)    Thankful N' Thoughtful More Info...
9)    Fair Enough More Info...
10)    Time Will Do The Talking More Info...
11)    Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere More Info...
12)    Dirty Old Town (Slow Version) More Info...
 
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  • Personnel: Bettye LaVette (vocals); Jonathan Wilson (guitar, banjo); Chris Bruce (guitar); Glenn Patscha (piano, keyboards); JJ Johnson (drums, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Matthew Cullen.
  • Recording information: Downtown Music Studios, New York, NY (12/13/2011-12/17/2011); Fivestar Studios, Los Angeles, CA (12/13/2011-12/17/2011).
  • Bettye LaVette gets classified as an R&B singer, which she is, of course, but her newest album, the Craig Street-produced Thankful N' Thoughtful, finds her taking her blues, gospel, and soul-influenced singing style into deep, swampy, and edgy American roots territory, and she makes it all work with a sting and bite to her phrasing that ranks her as one of the best living soul singers. She gives Neil Young's "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" a little jump of joy, moving the song away from being plaintive and lonely to something closer to anxious homesickness. Tom Waits' "Yesterday Is Here," complete with brass and reeds, loses some of its clang and becomes a poignant blues. The most stunning track here is LaVette's reinvention of the old folk song "Dirty Old Town," best known in the version by the Pogues. She fills it with disgust and ominous menace -- there's also a slower version of "Dirty Old Town" that lets a measure of sadness creep back in at the close of the album. Thankful N' Thoughtful is a solid outing from an outstanding singer who knows how to growl, croon, grumble, praise, and jump for joy with her vocal phrasing -- whatever makes the song live and breathe. She is still a marvel. ~ Steve Leggett
Professional Reviews
Q (Magazine) (p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Powerful soul medicine best taken a track at a time."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Everything Is Broken,' a cover of Dylan's 1989 OH MERCY track is sandpaper raw blues..."

Paste (magazine) - "Bettye LaVette's voice, sanded raw and consumed by emotion, is a powerful witness: strong, down and above all, real. Those attributes infuse THANKFUL N' THOUGHTFUL with a truth in being, a delivery rendered from experience..."
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