Album review

Ann Peebles

Like her Hi male counterpart Al Green, Peebles came of age as a member of a travelling gospel family. Her uncompromising style took time to fit into the velvet glove of Willie Mitchell's productions. But once her poppier debut album had been put aside, her mastery of deep soul's cheating and heartbreak genres was unparalleled, the 1972 classic Straight From The Heart proving to be an album to rank with any that Mitchell produced.

The quality barely dips on Volume One, with many performances to equal her crossover hit "I Can't Stand The Rain". Although Volume 2 charts the disco-era decline, the Mitchell-composed gem "You Can't Hold A Man" is a beauty, the most torrid soulstress of her generation in full flight.

Rating: 4 / 10


Newsletter


Editor's Letter

The Fourth Uncut Playlist Of 2015


This week's big distraction has been what appears to be a crazy number of early Aphex Twin tracks accumulating on Soundcloud (I've added the link below). Among the new stuff, though, please try Bop English; the new solo project of James Petralli from White Denim.

A...