Album Review: It Rains Love by Lee Fields & the Expressions
Excellent, Based on 1 Critic
AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
He first made his name as a James Brown-inspired soul shouter in the '70s, but since Lee Fields became one of the leading figures on the retro-soul scene in the 2000s, he's subtly been evolving into a more nuanced performer, one who can still sing with grit and force but also brings the heart and passion of a Bobby Womack or a Wilson Pickett to his material. 2019's It Rains Love shows just how good Fields has gotten at putting a thoughtful lover's heart behind the expressive fire of his delivery, and it ranks with his best work, a combination of great songs and sterling performances that bring out their best qualities. Fields can plead on numbers like "Love Prisoner" or "Two Faces" and make his heartache vividly real, or celebrate the love of his life on "Blessed with the Best" and the title cut and sound every bit as convincing.