You know the saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” The same thing could be said about albums. My first thought when I looking at an extended play. by Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings was that I was in for some kind of rock. Probably garage rock or punk rock. I was pleasantly surprised with some super sweet sounding soul and R&B.
Devlin right away reminded me of Van Morrison and also has some resemblance to Kevin Morby. I really liked his voice and it fit the music like a glove. He knows when to push and pull and has a lot of emotion in his voice. There are only four songs on an extended play. And the whole thing doesn't go past the fifteen-minute mark. With that it's a great fifteen minutes.
“It Ain't Why, It Just Is” is the opener. What can I say besides the horns are just delightful. So is the ’60s style organ. The song is just delightful and celebratory. I was sucked in right away. Emotion, soul, musicianship you can't ask for much else. Devlin even announces at one point “play it soulful.”
“Steal Your Soul (That's What She'll Do)” is one of those songs that just gets people in a good mood. Highly recommended for Bar Mitzvahs, weddings and Saturdays. This song might be slightly offensive if put on during a funeral since it's so goddamn joyful. You’ve been warned.
“Deep In Your Heart” keeps delivering the money. Another good song with more splendid horns. He closes with “You Know It's True” which has a slight shade of melancholy with reflection. But oh man it sounds just as soulful as the other songs. He sings “Well, that bird she don’t fly no more / She’s gone, she’s gone for good. / She left for the western shore / Never said goodbye.”
I can’t say Devlin is reinventing the wheel with these four tracks. Soul and R&B have been around a while and Devlin if anything is tipping his hat to some of the great that came before him. That being said the delivery and songwriting is top notch.
My only gripe is I want more. Until then an extended play. will have to satiate my thirst for soulful music.
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