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Andy Hirst STEVE CROPPER AND FELIX CAVALIERE: Nudge It Up A Notch. Cropper is a Stax guitar powerhouse and Cavaliere fronted The Rascals with his velvet voice, so what they're nudging up a notch is new songs heavily influenced by their glorious past, hence the bluesy Stax, breezy Motown, sweet soul smoothies and the odd foray into hip hop to bring it bang up to date. Words like 'girl, you're outta sight' somewhat dates them along with their 60s sentiments that a change is gonna come. There's a couple of crackers in here that could have done the business way back then.

RACHAEL YAMAGATA: Elephants and Teeth Sinking Into Heart.

Also dubbed a record of two parts with one slow and the other a rockier affair.

The slow stuff ranges from rich, vibrant, classical tapestry to the rather dowdy - you know it's getting serious when cellos become involved. Strangely enough, the slow tracks have more power and intensity than when she tries to big it up on the loud side. You don't have to be loud to make a noise that counts..
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 6, 2009
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