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  Soul Soup by Tommie Lee Bradley

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Artist: Tommie Lee Bradley
Title: Soul Soup
Catalogue Number: No catalogue number
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2004

Diverse does not even begin to come close to doing justice to the range of styles on offer here.  There are examples of soul, rock, jazz and blues, as well as a bit of funk and country thrown in for good measure.  This certainly makes it difficult to categorise, so it is unlikely to suit those of you with narrowly defined tastes in music.  However, for the rest of us it is a treasure trove of unexpected delights.

Some particularly fine soul and blues numbers standout.  In particular the opening track "Soul Soup", with a fine horn section, is a superb Stax-like soul number; and "Sometimes You Just Gotta Hurt" is a great piece of blues rock.  There is also a wonderful laid back version of "Walkin' After Midnight", with a great double bass sound as the foundation. Pick of the rest are a fine cover of the Rolling Stones "Ruby Tuesday" where she uses her husky, yet surprisingly smooth vocals to good effect, and the somewhat funky sounding "Hurricane Sam".

As Tommie meanders her way through the variety of musical styles on offer, some forays are better than others it has to be said.  However there are certainly more peaks than troughs meaning that we have no hesitation in recommending this to you.
Review Date: June 22 2007