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SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR Gypsy Soul Records
Critics David Stratton and Stephen Romei assess the latest cinematic releases
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.