The Memphis Horns: Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet, trombone).
Midtown Memphis Rhythm Section: Antoine Sally, Night Train Clemons, Madison Cooper (percussion).
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California and Sunnyside Studios, Los Angeles, California.
With three Grammys under his belt and a sterling reputation among both his peers and the public, Robert Cray welcomed the '90s with MIDNIGHT STROLL, arguably the best album in an already impressive discography. Working with a new band that included new keyboardist Jimmy Pugh and rhythm guitarist Tim Kaihatsu along with longtime friend and bassist Richard Cousins, Cray was also rejoined by the Memphis Horns. This time out, Cray's mix of Memphis soul and emotive blues guitar with tales of complex relationships hit perfect synergy.
Although Cray writes about heartbreak on "These Things" and "My Problem" in a manner soaked in pathos, it's when he growls out his yearning on the prior that goosebumps immediately stand at attention. Rather than spend the whole record wallowing in self-pity, Cray and his crack team are content to throw their hands up over the whole mess in the snappy "Labor Of Love," ask for breathing room on the sassy "Walk Around Time" and deal with the "Consequences" at the end of the day. Just when things look darkest, Cray digs deep for the nugget of hope that is "Bouncin' Back."
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (10/18/90) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "..delivers the strongest showing of his career...amply demonstrates that [Cray] is capable of walking alongside even his most formidable influences."
Q (2/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - Recommended as one of the "5 Best Blues Albums Of 1990." - "..a tougher, more urgent variation on the well- worn themes, proving that a less clean-cut Cray still cuts clean... Cray and his teammates explore the sexual badlands more powerfully than any contemporary competitors."
New York Times (Publisher) (12/30/90) - Rated #7 of the Top 10 Recordings for 1990 - "..All the unflappable muscle of classic Southern soul anchors songs of romantic remorse."
- Forecast Calls For Pain, The
- These Things
- My Problem
- Labor Of Love
- Bouncin' Back
- Things You Do To Me, The
- Walk Around Time
- Move A Mountain
- Holdin' Court
- Midnight Stroll
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