Jacksoul Resurrected ( BMG ) Rating: NNNN
Using clean, modest production, Jacksoul set out to make an old-school soul record, and managed to succeed. Resurrected is refreshingly free of the mire of massive sound and overcompensation, leaving a production quality that's flat enough to allow you to register the details. Every nuance of Haydain Neale's honeyed, soulful vocals comes through, as does each and every guitar, bass and keyboard note and drum stroke. Neale's vocals range from bass to falsetto, and on this record he channels the likes of Al Green, Marvin Gaye and Teddy P. Only repeated listenings will tell whether any of these tunes have the staying power of the era he's aiming to recreate and whether one of these tunes about the state of the world or love will become it's own Mercy Mercy Me or Let's Get It On. It's certainly smooth enough. Jacksoul performs songs from Resurrected at the Mod Club Theatre tonight (Thursday, March 25) and at the Waterfall Stage at First Canadian Place Wednesday (March 31) at noon.