Originally released in 1995, Better Days was re-released after the success of Just Won't Burn created a legion of blues fans wanting more of Susan Tedeschi.
This record finds Tedeschi's
guitar prowess and eminent vocals proliferating the musical landscape
in the same manner of blues legends who have gone before her. The tracks
"It Hurts Me Too" and "Ain't Nobody's Business" are classic slow,
bluesy songs complete with emotional vocal wailings that are sure to
bring the house down when performed in a live arena.
She picks up the
pace with "Locomotive" and "I Don't Want Nobody," showing off her
six-string skills. While there is no question that Tedeschi
is a true talent and a blues force to be reckoned with, the musical
arrangements could be improved by using a less-formulaic blues structure
and attempting to offer something more contemporary.
She has proven
herself worthy of sharing the stage with the masters; her next challenge
should be to break away and create her own sound.
Personnel: Mike Aiello (drums) Adrienne Hayes (guitar, slide-guitar) Jim Lamond (bass) Annie Raines (harmonica) Susan Tedeschi (guitar, vocals) Tracklist: 01. It´s Up To You (Lamond/Tedeschi) 4.19 02. Gonna Write Him A Letter (Tedeschi) 3.05 03. Love Never Treats Me Right (Tedeschi) 2.11 04. It Hurts Me Too (James/Robinson) 5.04 05. Locomotive (Tedeschi) 4.28 06. You´re On My Hair (Tedeschi) 4.12 07. Better Days (Hayes) 6.40 08. Hound Dog (Leiber/Stoller) 4.03 09. I Don´t Want Nobody (Robey) 2.58 10. Ain´t Nobody Business (Grainger/Robbins) 7.33