Friday, October 26, 2012
Watching the leaves fall from the trees over the past few weeks has reminded me that Fall has arrived, and we are nearing the cold of Winter. It also reminded me of the Curtis Mayfield's song "When Seasons Change", one of my favorite Mayfield songs off of one of my favorite Mayfield albums, There's No Place Like America Today, a highly underrated album in the canon of Mayfield albums.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
"Soul Sister" is another favorite of mine off of this album. Great, simple piano chords to start the track, a rattling of the drums, and a "Hey you..." to kick off the vocals. Also, love the call and response vocals between Toussaint and the backing female vocalist in the middle.
Life, Love, and Faith is Toussaint's strongest album ever recorded. Does it completely hit on all cylinders? It's close. The only reason I wouldn't say that it completely does it mainly because three tracks "Fingers and Toes", "Soul Sister", and "I've Got to Convince Myself" are definitely the strongest of the lot, and while the rest of the songs are strong, I tend to gravitate towards these three tracks. I would probably put Life, Love, and Faith in my top top 50 favorite soul albums of all-time, it's a treasured album of mine and my favorite by the New Orleans great.