The Derek Trucks Band: Already Free
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Finally, on his sixth studio album, he has reconciled with his past and returned to the blues with a vengeance, eschewing the cocktail strains and world music of previous albums. If you don't believe me, listen to what he has done to Bob Dylan's topical and tragic Basement Tapes song "Down in the Flood," adding a free-falling slide that mourns the mounting waters - lyrical, liquid, metaphoric. Singer Mike Mattison's grizzled, cautionary delivery is a revelation, unsettling and anxious, staying with you long after the music fades.
Equally stunning is Derek's duet with his wife, Susan Tedeschi, on the wistful "Back Where I Started." And the brooding, bothersome "Down Don't Bother Me" could easily have been lifted off Idlewild South or Exile on Main St.