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Thankful N' Thoughtful CD

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Title: Thankful N' Thoughtful CD
Artist: Bettye Lavette
Label: Anti
Catalogue #: ANTI71952
Format: CD
Genre: Southern & Deep Soul, 00s Soul & Nu / Neo Soul
Release Year: 2012
Condition: New & Sealed
1. EVERYTHING IS BROKEN
2. I'M NOT THE ONE
3. DIRTY OLD TOWN
4. THE MORE I SEARCH (THE MORE I DIE)
5. I'M TIRED
6. CRAZY
7. YESTERDAY IS HERE
8. THANKFUL N' THOUGHTFUL
9. FAIR ENOUGH
10. TIME WILL DO THE TALKING
11. EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE
12. DIRTY OLD TOWN (SLOW VERSION)

R&B legend Bettye LaVette is set to mark her 50th anniversary in the music world with the upcoming release of her new album,’Thankful N’ Thoughtful’, on September 24th on Anti Records. 

 

Produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, Joe Henry, k.d. lang, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Legend, Charlie Sexton, etc.), ‘Thankful N’ Thoughtful’ is a selection of contemporary tracks written and previously recorded by Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Gnarls Barkley and others, which Bettye consumes whole, rearranges deep within her soul and exorcises as her own through her voice filled with longing, rage, desire, despair, survival and victory. Bettye’s voice-rough, tender, sensuous - is her instrument of inspiration and her dynamic power seethes throughout each song, wringing out the pathos, sharing her hard earned wisdom and story throughout these tales of her reinvention.

 

‘Thankful N’ Thoughtful’ opens with the funk injected Bob Dylan cut ‘Everything Is Broken’ and when Bettye moans and howls the title refrain you have no doubt as to the trouble she’s seen. On Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ she slows it down just a bit, then wrings every drop of sweat and blood from each and every syllable till your spine tingles, with ‘Dirty Old Town’ (The Pogues), Bettye reworks the lyrical setting to Detroit - singing about her first love at Northern High and the Detroit race riots. Meanwhile, when she takes on The Black Keys’ ‘I’m Not The One’, the sensual grit of the song sizzles with her all-knowing rasp.

 

Every song here is a testament to her life and her unrivaled skill for interpretation. By the time Bettye’s finished recording a track, she has fully inhabited the body and soul of the song. From Neil Young’s ‘Everybody Knows This is Nowhere’, to Savoy Brown’s ‘I’m Tired’ to the title track ‘Thankful N’ Thoughtful’, a lesser known gem by Sly & The Family Stone, Bettye expels every word with such visceral passion, you can feel her in the present moment.


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