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Hitting his stride

Shame + A Sin
Shame + A Sin
By Robert Cray

Mercury Records: 1993

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This review first appeared in the September 10, 1993 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

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.