A confusing tribute
Reviewed August 2007
S.O.S.: Save Our Soul
By Marc Broussard
Vanguard Records: 2007
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An undeniably talented singer with a stirring, evocative delivery whose first two releases created a nice buzz, Marc Broussard's approach on his third studio album is a bit of a head-scratcher. One is tempted to ask, "What's the point?"
"S.O.S." plays like a "Soul's Greatest Hits" collection. Al Green's "Love and Happiness." Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long." Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues." The Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself." Only one original song by Broussard among the 11 songs.
His renditions are so loyal to the originals, the horn charts and instrumental backgrounds so steeped in '60s Memphis and Muscle Shoals stylings, that it all starts to feel like shtick after a bit.
For someone just starting out in his career, it was an unusual move a re-creation of classic soul sounds with little new added to the mix. It's clear Broussard loves this music and is seeking to honor it, but the time to do a tribute is after you've established your own career.
Review by Jim Trageser. Jim is a writer and editor living in Escondido, Calif., and was a contributor to the "Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD" (1993) and "The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Blues" (2005).