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Derek Trucks Band

Already Free by Derek Trucks Band

Release Date: Jan 13, 2009
Record label: Sony Legacy
Genre(s): Rock, Blues

80 Music Critic Score
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Already Free - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

That all said, the originals are solid to boot. Check out the funky Allen Toussaint-esque rhythm backdrop on "Maybe This Time," with a brilliant vocal performance by Bramhall; the savage, gritty, and greasy slide blues of "Don't Miss Me," with its twin guitar interplay; and the raucous house-rocking groove of "Get What You Deserve." Tedeschi takes a lead vocal turn on the deeply moving ballad "Back Where I Started," near the album's end. It was co-written by Trucks with Warren Haynes; only her husband backs her on acoustic guitar and dobro, with a rhythm section.

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Entertainment Weekly - 79
Based on rating B+
79

You could say the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree in the case of guitarist Derek Trucks, nephew of Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch. Though it really hasn’t fallen at all. The Derek Trucks Band’s sixth album Already Free confidently evokes the Allmans’ ’70s output, from the funky opening cover of Bob Dylan’s ”Down in the Flood” to the gospel-flavored ”Sweet Inspiration.” Trucks’ bluesy playing is excellent throughout, though he knows when to cede space to vocalist Mike Mattison or guest Doyle Bramhall II, who sings on a very edible peach, the soulful ”Maybe This Time.” B+ Download This: Listen to songs from the new album on the band’s MySpace .

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