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Pop - Released May 3, 2019 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released July 10, 2015 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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The trouble with blue-eyed soul singers, especially in the 21st century, is they usually seem convinced that in order to prove they're worthy of singing R&B in the classic style, they have to try three times as hard as the folks who inspired them, and as a consequence they sound histrionic and over the top rather than honest and passionate. Thankfully, Anderson East (aka Mike Anderson) is smarter than that; on his 2015 album Delilah, the man clearly knows that dynamics are his friend, and in the manner of Joe South and Tony Joe White, he's embraced the great Southern tradition of sounding committed and laid-back at the same time, an excellent fit for his rough but sweet vocal timbre. Delilah was produced by Dave Cobb, on a run after helping Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell make career-defining albums, and he's done a splendid job with East on Delilah, setting him up with a studio band whose slightly swampy groove evokes the sound of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section or the Fame Recording Studios crew, steeped in the traditions of vintage soul but sounding tight and aware of the notions of the present day. As a songwriter, East reveals himself as a good but not great talent on Delilah; most of these tunes sound like the work of a guy who loves Southern soul of the '60s and knows how to emulate the sound, but the finished product suggests the songs were sometimes built from a kit providing the requisite melodic tricks and lyrical tropes rather than drawing from his heart, soul, and inspiration (there's a reason why his cover of George Jackson's "Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Forget 'Em" is a standout here). But if East tends to follow a template as a writer, the work is good despite the familiar building blocks, and when he sings, it's easy to forgive his minor flaws as a tunesmith. East is clearly a talent to watch, and if you're looking for retro-soul with a smoky Southern flair, Delilah is well worth your time and attention. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Pop - Released March 1, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released January 12, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

This seems like a crucial moment for Anderson East. With Encore, the artist born in Alabama leaves the keys of the production to the excellent Dave Cobb and entrusts the writing of some titles to experts such as Chris Stapleton (King For A Day and If You Keep Leaving Me) and Ed Sheeran (All on My Mind). His Southern roots solidly surface in his blend of country and soul music (If You Keep Leaving Me will make you think of Otis Redding) or blues (Somebody Pick Up My Pieces). At the heart of this fusion of classic American music, Anderson East even slips covers of Ted Hawkins (Sorry You're Sick) and Willie Nelson (Somebody Pick Up My Pieces). With a perfect balance between vintage country soul sonorities and a still very contemporary approach, Encore is an endearing mainstream disc. It’s a work that most of all proves that his music is there to last. And what a voice he has too! © CM/Qobuz
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Pop - Released October 17, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released November 13, 2017 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Rock - Released July 10, 2015 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released December 1, 2017 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released August 15, 2017 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released December 14, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released April 26, 2019 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released December 7, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released December 18, 2015 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released November 3, 2017 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released February 2, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released December 8, 2017 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released January 19, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Rock - Released March 10, 2015 | Low Country Sound - Elektra