Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators: Tortured Soul (2013)
Reviewed by Anthony Servante
In 2005, Nicole Willis joined the Soul Investigators for the Keep Reachin’ Up CD. This collaboration was followed by a series of live shows, critical and popular response, and led to their new CD Tortured Soul (2013).
A throw-back to the Motown sound of the 60s, Tortured Soul boasts a horn section that is part funk and part Count Basie. The
organ common to the songs here also exemplifies the 60s Rock sound often
associated with bands like Procol Harum. The guitar work is sassy and concludes
most of the tracks with just the right amount of free-style—although I felt the
guitar solos should have been freed up and let loose, fading out rather than
ending abruptly, but I’m a critic, not a producer.
Still, I enjoyed the totality of the LP enough to recommend it. I’ve included a few of my favorite songs that I found on youtube. Enjoy.
It’s all because of you.
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