Victor Wainwright and The Train- Memphis Loud review

Victor Wainwright and The Train Memphis Loud Ruf Records

A stunning stew of blues- and roots-drenched, piano- and B3-based rock ‘n’ roll, the type of music not frequently encountered. Memphis’ oft-awarded Victor Wainright brings The Train to the crossroads of Power and Soul, allowing original songs time to ferment in the all-encompassing brew of Americana traditions. Nathaniel Rateliff meets The Black Crowes in Dr. John’s parlor.

Wainwright, co-writing with several collaborators, has produced a dominant collection of songs embracing the musical history of the southern US; echoes of New Orleans, Muscle Shoals, the Mississippi Delta, and the last hundred years lurk within each note. Especially impressive is the blending of voices into an energetic choir of community: no matter its melodic afflictions, this listener’s inharmonious efforts could not negatively affect the fervor of this recording!   

Sometimes painful (“Disappear,” “Memphis Loud”) more often buoyant (“Mississippi,” “Creeks Don’t Rise”) and celebratory (“Sing”, “My Dog Riley”) Memphis Loud will slip nicely into the blur that is Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

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