Times Have Changed


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Review Text The title of Ronnie Baker Brooks' Times Have Changed may refer to the decade gap between this 2017 album and its 2006 predecessor, The Torch. A lot has happened during those ten years, including the deaths of Bobby "Blue" Bland and Lonnie Brooks, artists who make cameos on this 11-track album, but that's not the only way the past is present on Times Have Changed. With the assistance of producer Steve Jordan, Ronnie Baker Brooks has created a tribute to the Southern soul of the '60s and the smooth funk of the '70s. Guests abound -- apart from the dearly departed, Steve Cropper, "Big Head" Todd Mohr, Angie Stone, Felix Cavaliere, Lee Roy Parnell, Eddie Willis, and Al Kapone all make appearances -- and a few familiar old tunes, like Joe Tex's Texas soul classic "Show Me" and Eric Clapton's slow-burning "Old Love," sit alongside some fine new originals. All the guests and oldies help give the impression that Brooks' old-fashioned blues is part of a tradition, but the reason why Time Have Changed works as an album is that it doesn't feel hidebound to all the music that's come before. Brooks' solos are refined and tasteful -- that is, whenever he's not grinding out great shards of house-rocking noise -- his voice is weathered and soulful, and the collected group keeps the grooves supple and warm. The attitude might be old-fashioned but the sly interaction between Brooks, his band, and their guests illustrates that some traditions can still sound fresh due to execution and attitude. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Show Me
  2. 2. Doing Too Much
  3. 3. Twine Time
  4. 4. Times Have Changed
  5. 5. Long Story Short
  6. 6. Give Me Your Love (Love Song)
  7. 7. Give the Baby Anything the Baby Wants
  8. 8. Old Love
  9. 9. Come on Up
  10. 10. Wham Bam Thank You Sam
  11. 11. When I Was We

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