J J Cale Roll On   Leave a comment


JJ Cale

Roll On

Rounder

 This one slipped by me a couple months back, and I’m glad to have rediscovered it.

 JJ Cale has made a career of riding breezy, bluesy grooves, and he doesn’t change things up too much on the fifteenth album in a recording career stretching back to the early 70s.

 His voice melds ideally with the roots rock, rhythm and blues, guitar-based music contained within Roll On. Cale’s vocal style is shockingly laid back and seemingly unaffected by the passage of years. This is no doubt because Cale never seems to be trying very hard.

 Not that the album sounds lazy or undeveloped. Everything works to perfection, from the jazz-influenced percussion- much of it by Cale himself- to the impeccably tasteful electric guitar serving as the disc’s skeleton.

 Roll On occupies the same shelf in my listening library as Mark Knopfler’s albums of recent years; it won’t appeal to everyone, but there are times when JJ Cale’s sounds perfectly complement the mood of a day.

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