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Feb 20,2019


Label: Fantasy Records/Concord
Genre: Rock

You can’t avoid being mesmerized by Susan Tedeschi’s singing on “Signs.”

The Tedeschi Trucks Band has a dozen members, including three other vocalists, a pair of drummers, a horn section, keyboards, bass and guitarist Derek Trucks - Tedeschi’s husband - and their fourth studio album makes full and flavorful use of the whole talented lineup.

Nonetheless, even as the band again sounds fantastic, Tedeschi’s vocals keep finding ever deeper shades of feeling and meaning on this varied collection of blues-inflected soul and rock tunes _ all written by different combinations of band members, some with guests like Warren Haynes or Doyle Bramhall II.

She soars on “Still Your Mind,” giving the already glass-half-full lyrics - “Don’t the darkness of the world enter your soul/You know the light of your smile is what make me whole” - additional power and emotion. Expressions of hope, renewal, affection and commitment abound, making “Signs” an inspirational album for the times. AP