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