Eli Paperboy Reed My Way Home

Brooklyn soul revivalist Eli Paperboy Reed is following 2014’s Nights Like This (released on Warner Bros) with his fifth album, My Way Home, on June 10 via Yep Roc (his first for the label).

Eli Paperboy Reed has returned to the studio and crafted a new album that is at once back-to-basics and startlingly current. Album opener Hold Out kicks things off at full-volume, embodying the classic gospel ethos that everything is going to work out fine if you just keep the faith. Its a notion that turns up throughout the record, from the title track My Way Home to Tomorrow’s Not Promised to Movin’, and it reflects Reeds resilient spirit in the face of disappointment. Elsewhere on the album, he nods to the music’s church roots, singing of fear of the devil on The Strangest Thing and damnation on Cut Ya Down (the only non-original on the record and a song he learned performing with Boston s Silver Leaf Gospel Singers, founded in 1945). What Have We Done is something of a secular hymn for the environment, and I’d Rather Be Alone serves as a meditation on following your own path to salvation. MOJO called the Boston-via-Mississippi singer the king of rhythm & soul, while Rolling Stone hailed his classic soul and horn-heavy R&B soaked with the blues, and NPR raved that he conveys the heart-wrenching emotion of Southern predecessors such as Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. My Way Home represents a return to the sonic character that Reed’s career began with, but it does more than that: It captures the essence of his sound. A sound that, over everything else, prizes feeling, energy, and, yes, Soul.

Eli Paperboy Reed – My Way Home

Label: Yep Roc
Release date: 10 June 2016

1. Hold Out
2. Your Sins Will Find You Out
3. Cut Ya Down
4. Movin’
5. Tomorrow’s Not Promised
6. My Way Home
7. Eyes On You
8. The Strangest Thing
9. I’d Rather Be Alone
10. A Few More Days
11. What Have We Done