Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson – Amour
Format: CD / Label: Stony Plain Records
Releasedatum: 8 februari 2019

Tekst: Iain Patience       

‘Amour’ is far from dead if this splendid ten-track release is anything to go by. An album with some truly wonderful good old music, played with absolute mastery and ability at every turn, the surprises flow from the unexpected tracks covered here and the never-overplayed nuances at the core.

We’re all used to Colin Linden turning out polished performances, often with a pounding, forceful push, blues fretwork and slide-work that these days is very much his trademark. With ‘Amour’, however, he has delivered a much more introverted, laid-back selection of tracks that seem to hark back to the heady days of early rockn’roll, with a late 50s/early 60s vibe rattling around on most cuts. Luther Dickinson, adds his own unexpected stamp to the project with a similarly understated feel and movement from a guy known for his more explosive, driving power with the North Mississippi Allstars.

Joined here by a lightly-flavored harmonic backing from The Tennessee Valentines – Fats Kaplan, Rachael Davis, Ruby Amanfu, Billy Swan and Sam Palladio – Linden and Dickinson cover tracks from Jimmy Reed, Jesse Stone, Kris Kristofferson,opening with an unexpectedly laid-back  instrumental version of Careless Love, a track reprised later with some lush vocal support from Rachael Davis.

Taken in the round, ‘Amour’ is little beauty of an album, a genuinely lovely release that never rattles or roars but always slips down nicely full of taste and talent.

01. Careless Love (Instrumental)
02. Don’t Let Go
03. Honest I Do
04. Careless Love
05. Crazy Arms
06. For The Good Times
07. Lover Please
08. What Am I Living For
09. Dearest Darling
10. I Forget To Remember To Forget

Colin Linden
Luther Dickinson

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