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James Hunter: The Hard Way
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The British soul singer/guitarist follows up his excellent 2006 album People Gonna Talk with another first-rate set of ‘50s and ‘60s-style soul and R&B – while many who go the old-school route rely to some degree on covers, Hunter wrote every song on The Hard Way, and they range from high-energy dance numbers to some sweet Sam Cooke-influenced ballads. The album’s clean production puts emphasis on Hunter’s soulful croon with a touch of gravel and his biting, economical guitar leads. Legendary New Orleans producer/pianist Allen Toussaint guests on 3 songs. 5/12/2008 - Don Yates