REVIEW: Jazzism (NL)
The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You receives 4.5 stars from The Netherlands' premiere music magazine. Translation below.
Beside his work as an A&R manager he produced Quincy Jones, he collaborated with Solomon Burke, recorded two militant folk rock albums and honored his mother with Thank You Shirl-ee May (2005). And yet the 48-year old songwriter, singer and mouth harp player Shawn Amos, Loves You, views this release as his official debut album where he returns to his roots: blues and soul. It’s a jacket that fits him seamlessly as proven by the opener Days of Depression where his multi-faceted voice is balanced out perfectly by the heavenly harmonies of the Blind Boys of Alabama. He is also supported by Missy Andersen and by the transcendent sax player Mindi Abair, who is also responsible for the production. Apart from the laid back version of jimmy Reed’s Bright Lights, Big City, all songs, which overall are all pretty grooving, were written by your man. Associations/links with Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, John Lee Hooker and James Brown are not accidental. Amos has found his natural habitat. A picture (record) to be framed!