Change in the Weather

Change in the Weather

by Eric LindellEric Lindell


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Although he was not born in Louisiana, Eric Lindell follows Marc Broussard's career path as a young and soulful guitar-slinging upstart with his heart in the R&B of the '60s and his soul in New Orleans. This pastiche of an album released in 2006 collects and remasters the audio for music that has been previously available on tiny, poorly distributed local imprints. Despite its stitched-together origins, the disc holds together remarkably well as a cohesive statement, primarily due to Lindell's low-key yet impressive talents as singer, songwriter, and bandleader. Latin influences such as the percussion (courtesy of War's Harold Brown) and trumpet on "Sunny Daze," along with a reggae lilt on "It Won't Be Long," "Casanova," and "Two Bit Town," bring Caribbean sunshine to the sound. The opening "Give It Time" recalls Traffic in its "Dear Mr. Fantasy" chords, but the tune -- like many on his Alligator Records debut -- snakes around a soulful, gospel-styled, slow-burning vibe that is best described as rootsy. Lindell is loose and seems like he's having a ball throughout. That enthusiasm bleeds into the album's upbeat approach, especially on such frisky, party-ready tunes as "Feel Like I Do." He brings the horns and female backing vocals for an Otis Redding-inspired "All Alone," one of the many examples where Lindell's relaxed yet convincing vocals carry the song. Like much R&B, there aren't many guitar solos and only the sax takes the lead on most instrumental breaks. But the album connects with hummable songs less concerned with individual talents than with the musicians' contribution to the overall groove. As laid-back and casually inviting as a crisp spring day, Lindell kicks off his career for this blues imprint with an impressive and frothy release that shows he's just starting to reveal the full extent of his talent.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2006
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551490821
catalogNumber: 4908
Rank: 57294

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Lindell   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Vocals
Ivan Neville   Hammond Organ,Clavinet
Andy J. Forest   Harmonica
Harold Brown   Percussion,Drums
Marc Adams   Organ
Randy Dzielak   Dobro,Guitar
Stanton Moore   Drums
Jake Brown   Drums,Background Vocals
Jason Mingledorff   Saxophone
Adam Theis   Trombone
Shannon McNally   Background Vocals
Dave Chachere   Trumpet
Jason Parfait   Saxophone
Casandra Faulconer   Bass
Aaron Wilkinson   Bass
Delisha Adams   Background Vocals
Steve Froberg   Bass,Background Vocals
Greg Izor   Harmonica
Chris Mule   Slide Guitar
Jerry Plaisance   Organ
Raychell Richard   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Bingham   Engineer
Phil Smith   Engineer
Michael Trossman   Logo
Roger Tschann   Engineer
Adam Theis   Horn Arrangements
Dave Chachere   Horn Arrangements
Aaron Wilkinson   Producer
Drew Vonderhaar   Engineer
Eric Lindell   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements

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