Tedeschi Trucks Band: Signs album review

Susan Tedeschi. Derek Trucks. And their Band. Album number four is Signs

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Signs

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Four albums in, married couple Tedeschi and Trucks are at the forefront of the latest blues-rock boom. 

They’re a guaranteed US Top 20 act. They now number 12, and Signs showcases an ensemble at their confident peak, whether on the gospel-charged funkery of Walk Through This Life or the torch ballad All The World

Tedeschi has an earthy but seductive rasp. She’s not nearly as knowing as Bonnie Raitt, but she’s every bit as impassioned as Beth Hart and more vulnerable than both. And when she turns political on the environmental anthem Shame (‘Don’t you wonder what’s in the air?’) she’s plausible. 

Trucks, meanwhile, is the blues guitarist of his generation, and together they’re a formidable team. They lose their way when they amble in pub-rock fashion on the gormless Hard Case, but for the most part they’re as focused as they’re inspired. 

John Aizlewood

As well as Classic Rock, John Aizlewood currently writes for The Times, The Radio Times, The Sunday Times, The i Newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and Mojo amongst others.  He’s written four books and appears on television quite often. He once sang with Iron Maiden at a football stadium in Brazil: he wasn’t asked back. He’s still not sure whether Enver Hoxha killed Mehmet Shehu…