The Herald - Arts - - Arts - KEITH BRUCE

David Steele, the writer be­hind this de­but, has a track record that stretches back to The Beat and Fine Young Can­ni­bals, and in­cludes a stint work­ing with Al Green. He and Jonte Short – a singer from New Or­leans with a back­ground in a Bap­tist gospel choir – make up Fried. Steele’s be­lief that in her he has found his Aretha Franklin is not that far­fetched; she has a very fine voice in­deed. But given that this album has been five years in ges­ta­tion (al­beit in­ter­rupted by busi­ness prob­lems and Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina), you might have hoped that Steele would have come up with more dis­tinc­tive songs. At its best, it is soul­ful trip-hop, re­laxed but ul­ti­mately un­re­mark­able. Rub­bish name too.

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