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Trombone Shorty: Lifted (album review by Christa V.)

This is Trombone Shorty’s first album in five years, and it’s definitely a welcome change and a return to his funk roots that led him to take off back in the early 2010s. The songs here mesh together jazz, pop, junk, rock, and soul together with the players easily transitioning between them and creating their own party and their own sound. The album could easily be read as a love letter to New Orleans as well, the birthplace of jazz. The opening track, “Come Back,” directly contributes to this. The lyrics could be read as a love song or as a song about the resilient and soulful New Orleans. “What it Takes” is one of the strongest songs on the album with a catchy chorus and fun horn parts. It also features an excellent collaboration with the vocalist Lauren Daigle. The title track brings in more of a rock gospel feel while never giving up the funk. It’s a stellar example of the genre blending that Shorty has been known for.  Favorite tracks: 1, 4, 6

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