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R&B-inspired indie rockers assist a soul legend's second wave

Booker T. Jones - Sound The Alarm
(Stax/Concord Music Group)
4 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: July 10, 2013
Booker T. Jones

Review by Andy Argyrakis

The second wave of Booker T. Jones' creative renaissance continues with this follow-up to his last two Grammy Award winning comeback collections. Though best known for fronting The M.G.'s during the golden age of Memphis soul in the early '60s, the veteran multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer/arranger is impacting a whole new audience now that several of today's R&B leaning indie rockers have given him props.

In fact, several guests as diverse as Mayer Hawthorne, Gary Clark, Jr., Estelle, Anthony Hamilton and Vintage Trouble pop up on the project, which coupled with a handful of equally funky instrumentals ("Fun," "Feel Good"), simultaneously hearken back to the good old days while still being able to coexist with Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars on the charts. Thankfully, so many of those newer cats are finally giving Jones the props he's so overdue in receiving, especially considering he helped pave the way for every one of the above in the first place.

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