Review: Sean Costello – We Can Get Together
Posted on: Sunday, Mar 30, 2008
“WE CAN GET TOGETHER”
(Delta Groove Music, Inc. – DGPCD120)
The Philadelphia-born, Atlanta-raised bluesman, Sean Costello first came to be noticed when he won the Beale Street Blues Society’s new talent award at 14, and followed this with his debut album, “Call The Cops”, in 1996, at just 16, before featuring on Susan Tedeschi’s huge “Just Won’t Burn” album, and becoming a member of her touring band.
The following dozen years have seen his profile rise with a string of fine releases – all featuring his hot guitar playing and a voice that has matured in time, and on this new album his mix of rocking blues, gritty soul and more, shows what a great all-round artiste Sean Costello is.
Kicking off with a terrific guitar groove on “Anytime You Want” and the equally rocking “Same Old Game”, with its classic Stones riff, Costello and his band hit a lovely soul feel on “Can’t Let Go” – with a couple of gorgeous guitar solos.
“Told Me A Lie” is quite unlike anything else on the album – a melting pot of styles, complete with tuba and accordion, and very rootsy, before the pace is taken up again on “Hard Luck Woman”, with its strutting guitar intro again hitting the spot, with a Led Zeppelin-like chord change mid-song.
Costello and the band get ‘down and dirty’ on the lowdown shuffle of “How In The Devil”, with other highlights being the soulful ballad “Have You No Shame” – featuring one of the best vocals on the album – and the funky blues of “Going Home”, which again has a great feel and groove.
To sum up, Costello’s best release so far for a talent, that at only aged 28, is destined to be around for a long, long time – he is a fine player, writer and singer – ably accompanied by his rhythm section of Paul Campanella Jr. (drums) and Aaron Tubic (bass) and several other top-notch guest players.
For all lovers of blues, classic soul and more – “We Can Get Together” comes highly recommended, definitely one of the best things I have heard this year!
“So much of the blues these days is the same thing over and over,” says Costello. “I wanted that feeling I get when I listen to my favorite records. I wanted to take a different spin on every song. I was trying to make it all sound fresh.”
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