Hitting his stride
Robert Cray's new album, "Shame + A Sin," is much closer to his early recordings on the independent HighTone Records than the hit-machine formula he adopted for awhile after moving to Mercury. The music here is bluesier, less rock-oriented; the songs slower, more introspective.
Cray's musicianship remains top-notch, with his guitar work just as biting; his singing is as impassioned as ever. And for the first time in several albulms, Cray seems to be enjoying himself.
Maybe it's only now, after a string of hits, that Cray is able to relax and start achieving the artistic promise hinted at on his early sides.
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