Soul/roots

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews -

Heal­ing Tide The War and Treaty Thirty Tigers/Cook­ing Vinyl Michael and Tanya Trot­ter, the African-Amer­i­can act that op­er­ates un­der a some­what un­usual stage name, as­suredly hit the heights with their de­but al­bum. Heal­ing Tide has more peaks than the Hi­malayas, in­ter­spersed with cor­re­spond­ingly deep val­leys.

This thrilling roller­coaster ride of a record re­flects the cou­ple’s com­pelling back­story while ra­di­at­ing joie de vivre and the joy of love over ebbing and flow­ing mu­sic beds crafted by ace Nash­ville pro­ducer/gui­tarist Buddy Miller and a gun lo­cal crew. Ev­ery track is a win­ner, start­ing with Love Like There’s No To­mor­row, the short, gospel-in­fused pipes-opener in which, ac­com­pa­nied only by al­ter­nat­ing tam­bourine and bass drum beats, the Trot­ters’ awe-in­spir­ing in­ter­twin­ing voices gen­er­ate enough heat to ig­nite an in­ferno. The fol­low­ing ti­tle track, which in­tro­duces the stu­dio band, evokes the rock­ing soul in­ten­sity of Ike and Tina Turner clas­sics such as River Deep, Moun­tain High. A later hard-hit­ting duet, All I Wanna Do, has a sim­i­lar 1960s feel, with wah-wah gui­tar and thud­ding dis­cotheque rhythm.

For­mer sol­dier Michael, who found his voice while serv­ing on the front­line in Iraq, chan­nels Marvin Gaye in a soft or­gan-backed in­tro to If It’s in Your Heart be­fore reach­ing Joe Cocker fer­vour with his soul­mate. His part­ner soars to Arethaesque heights on Are You Ready to Love Me. In

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