Keb’ Mo’ – The Door (2000) SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Keb’ Mo’ – The Door (2000)
PS3 Rip | ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 49:06 minutes | Scans included | 2,02 GB
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Singer-guitarist Kevin Moore, known by his slangy abbreviation Keb’ Mo’, has already enjoyed commercial success. He’s cut radio hits like “I Was Wrong,” toured with Bonnie Raitt, and won Grammys for his last two albums. Yet this time, Moore’s truly nailed his blues-pop ambitions with a warm mix of sonics and songcraft. The Door wraps spare arrangements around Moore’s bone-deep slide guitar and the slow-granite foundation of drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Reggie McBride. They catch the spirit of the music’s simple country roots, but spin savvy moves like updating Elmore James’s “It Hurts Me Too” with a hip-hop groove that flies. Moore has also penned wise, sweetly emotional lyrics. He weaves themes like class-consciousness (the star-crossed love ode “Anyway”) and poverty of the spirit (“Change”) into heart-tugging ballads colored by the chocolate-y Mississippi moan of his voice. Add in flourishes of electric jazz guitar and some nasty rock tones, and this tallies up as his most ambitious, balanced album.

Keb’ Mo”s self-titled first album, from its Robert Johnson covers to its appearance on a resuscitated Okeh Records, seemed to suggest the arrival of a Delta blues traditionalist, even though the former Kevin Moore was really a Los Angeles native who had kicked around the music business for years playing various styles of music. The follow-up, Just Like You, was therefore a disappointment to blues purists, since it clearly used folk-blues as a basis to create adult contemporary pop in the Bonnie Raitt mold. But to the music industry, that was just fine, since it fostered the hope that here was an artist (finally!) who could find a way to make the blues — consistently revered but commercially dicey — pay, and Keb’ Mo’ won a Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy for his effort. Slow Down (1998) brought him a second Grammy and got even higher in the charts. The Door is more of the same. Keb’ Mo”s slightly gritty voice and fingerpicking are the focus of the music, but he does not hesitate to add mainstream pop elements, beginning with writing partners who include Bobby McFerrin and Melissa Manchester, and continuing with a backup band that features such session aces as keyboard player Greg Phillinganes and drummer Jim Keltner. This is music that is folkish and bluesy rather than being actual folk-blues. Just in case anyone hasn’t gotten the point yet, Keb’ Mo’ begins the album’s sole cover, Elmore James’ “It Hurts Me Too,” in authentic folk-blues style, after which the arrangement lurches into a heavily percussive, anything but traditional direction. It’s fair warning that the singer/guitarist is interested in tradition only as a jumping-off point. Maybe that’s what “contemporary blues” is.


01. The Door
02. Loola Loo
03. It Hurts Me Too
04. Come On Back
05. Stand Up (And Be Strong)
06. Anyway
07. Don’t You Know
08. It’s All Coming Back
09. Gimme What You Got
10. Mommy Can I Come Home
11. Change
12. The Beginning



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