Rating: NNNWhile instrumental soul music may never see a full-fledged return - and he may never see the same level.
While instrumental soul music may never see a full-fledged return – and he may never see the same level of success he enjoyed with the classic Green Onions – Booker T does a great job of updating his sound for the 21st century on his newest release.
He’s still cranking out that distinctive organ-fuelled sound, here with backing support from the Drive-By Truckers, but it’s now infused with a subtle Southern twang. While both parties are legends in their own right, there’s a total lack of ego, of which the playful cover of Andre 3000’s Hey Ya is proof-positive.
Make no mistake, though – this album is back-to-basics rock and soul you won’t find any further ploys to appease contemporary audiences, and therein lies its charm. One spin of the haunting Space City and you’ll understand why Booker T’s formula needed only a minimal update.
Top track: Space City