Listeners can immediately tell from the piercing and electrifying guitar intros on the latest album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, that this group is back and ready to bring you to your feet. With deep soul and dynamic jam rock melodies, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi lead one of the most current and effortless rock and roll outfits in the industry. Tedeschi’s powerhouse vocals on the opening song of their new record Signs, hook you in as Trucks’ raging slide guitar mesmerizes.
The next song I’m Gonna Be There brings the ultimate funk and smooth groove vibe to an overall rock and roll focused act. This serves as a nice surprise and mixes in different sounds and styles to the bands repertoire. When Will I Begin winds down the mood a little bit with the soothing tone of Susan Tedeschi’s healing vocal power. The song also contains serene elements of jazz which contributes to the low energy relaxed vibe.
The mood stays low energy on the next song Walk Through This Life, as Susan’s vocals continue to drive listeners into a peaceful calm relaxation. The energy picks up in the middle of the song as Derek Trucks delivers a truly soulful guitar solo. Track six, Still Your Mind, begins with a beautiful piano introduction that paints the picture of a dream world. Soon after Derek’s guitar playing joins and then the full band blasts into another funk filled jam band tune. The chorus on this song is memorable because of its instant sing along vibe.
Hard Case is a highlight on this album and serves as one of the signature Tedeschi Trucks Band songs. With raging guitar solos and poignant vocals, this track is a must replay after its first listen. The energy stays lit with track eight Shame, as Derek continues to shred and the rocking band stays in rhythm. This song is another highlight of the album.
On They Don’t Shine, the band rejuvenates their rock and roll soul as the album comes to a close. This upbeat jam is the perfect song to sequence towards the end of the album because it keeps fans intrigued and leaves a cliff hanger for the next album. The final song of the album, The Ending, is an acoustic tune with brilliant songwriting structure and effortless vocal and instrumental talent.
Although the energy levels are up and down on this album, Signs is another monument in the Tedeschi Trucks Band catalogue that must be heard whether you’re a big fan or not.
Scott J. Herman