The Weekend Australian - Review

12-13. Film reviews

SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR Gypsy Soul Records

- Phil Stafford

Critics David Stratton and Stephen Romei assess the latest cinematic releases

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The cover art of The Reckless One, the second album from superb Canadian seven-piece soul-gospel outfit Samantha Martin & Delta

Sugar, depicts a hand grenade painted with flowers, an apt metaphor for Martin’s explosive voice and the decorative power of ensemble brass, busy keys (primarily organ) and propulsive rhythms. With two outstandin­g backup singers lending a soul revue edge, Delta

Sugar is the sweetness to Martin’s heat. The album takes its title from a line in its centrepiec­e song, the slowburnin­g soul ballad I’ve Got a Feeling. Alternatel­y recalling Memphis-era Dusty, Lulu, Duffy and Dap-Kings’ singer Sharon Jones, Martin hits peak funkiness on the album’s only cover, a slinky, Meters-style New Orleans take on Dylan’s Meet Me In the Morning.

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