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Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Scene of the Crime

Posted on Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Scene of the Crime
Label: Anti-
Length: LP
Rated: NONE
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Scene of the Crime, The
The Scene of the Crime, the follow-up to Bettye LaVette’s 2005 comeback album, I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise, is a great concept itself. Thirty-five years after LaVette recorded her 1972 album Child of the Seventies in Muscle Shoals, Atlantic Records shelved it. (The recording was finally reissued in Europe in 2000 and is available in limited edition in the U.S.). Nonetheless, she returned to “the scene of the crime” with Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood at the controls to make this no-compromise album of pissed-off soul music. “Before the Money Came (The Battle of Bettye LaVette),” the one original co-written with Hood, recounts her plight with ferocious conviction, highlighting her tough chopped voice that doesn’t suffer fools gladly. The Truckers, remarkably, play with restraint, while Shoals vets Spooner Oldham and David Hood prowl with effective yet minimum interference, which is effectively noted as Willie Nelson’s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces” scatters into the night.

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