FROM BLUES MATTERS (UK)

Album Review for Gracie Curran’s Come Undone.
Released via Vizztone.

This is Gracie Curran’s second album but follows a five-year hiatus since her debut which garnered a BMA nomination for Best Debut.

Now based in Memphis, Gracie wrote all the material and recorded in Memphis and Florida, involving several local musicians such as Memphians, Victor Wainwright and Reba Russell, and enlisted the help of Floridian, Damon Fowler who plays guitar and produces.

Roomful Of Blues members Doug Woolverton and Mark Earley add horns to two tracks. The title track is a lengthy, brooding piece with strong guitar from Pat Harrington as Gracie emotes strongly in a powerful voice that at times recalls both Aretha Franklin and Grace Slick.

Gracie yearns to go back to Ernestine on a gentle acoustic tune with country elements while the rocking tale of late nights and mayhem Stay Up features the horns who give the tune a jump blues feel.

The Things We Love is another ballad with heartbreak in the lyrics and a suitably angst-filled solo from Damon who switches to his lap steel on Sweet Sativa, a paean to cannabis.

Gracie tells us that If Mama Ain’t Happy nobody else will be on a piece of rock and roll with Victor Wainwright tearing up the piano – great stuff!

The extended tearjerker Love Is The Cruellest Thing I Know is a quietly introspective song and a good vehicle for Gracie’s powerful, gospel-influenced vocals, plus a delicate solo from Damon.

The album closes with Catching Sunsets, a catchy tune with more country accents from the slide guitar work, as Gracie eagerly awaits her return home, weary of the road.

At just 30 minutes this is as much EP as full album but there is enough quality in the music to draw the listener in.

Album Review by John Mitchell.

For More Info – Gracie Curran

“We hope not to have another 6 years for a 3rd release of this sparkling soul diva. This album is too good to put our impatience to the test for too long! "

ROOTSTIME MAGAZINE, BELGIUM 

BMan's Blues Report Review

"I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Come Undone, from Gracie Curran and it's meaty. Opening with title track, Come Undone, Gracie Curran is back with her newest release and a lot of soul. This is old school styling with Damon Fowler on guitar, Matt Walker on guitar and bass, Justin Headley on drums, Pat Harrington on drums, Victor Wainwright on keys, Doug Woolverton on trumpet and Mark Earley on sax really delivers the goods. Curran's vocal phrasing and style, with a touch of reggae is just right for an excellent opener! High energy swing track, Stay Up!, shows Curran is not only happy digging in deep but very light on her feet. Fowler's fleet fingered guitar work is nicely backed by Jeremy Powell on keys and New Orleans style horn work by Woolverton and Earley give this track extra zip. On shuffle track, Sweet Sativa, Fowler pulls out the slide giving the track a down home feel and playing off backing vocals, Curran has this track right where she wants it. Very nice. If Mama Ain't Happy is a snappy piano boogie with a great bass line by Walker and featuring Wainwright on piano and great vocals by Curran. Excellent! Wrapping the release is easy paced country blues rocker, Chasing Sunset with understated slide work and Curran's powerful vocal right up front. This track has a strong melody with subdued but tight instrumental backing. Very nice closer for a solid release."

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