2017 “HONEST WOMAN” CD REVIEWS
‘Honest Woman’ by Thornetta Davis Is Everything an Album Should Be
These tracks are a great mix of styles and tempos, and Davis’ vocals are compelling.
By Barry Kerzner – February 18, 2017
Thornetta Davis tells us that the songs on Honest Woman have been 20 years in the making. During that time she has lived, loved, learned and experienced life’s triumphs and tribulations. As we hear her perform these songs, we understand she has navigated her journey as best she could, and she has emerged a bit tattered and torn, but emotionally and spiritually strong.
Honest Woman, on the Sweet Mama Music label, features 13 tracks with a running time of just over one hour. Production and sound quality are excellent. The mix showcases the vocal performances and heightens the spacious quality of the music itself.
One run through this album and folks will immediately understand why Davis is known as “The Queen of Detroit Blues.” These tracks are a great mix of styles and tempos, and Davis’ vocals are compelling. The first track is a spoken track, a lead-in if you will. The remaining 12 tracks are all captivating indeed. Listeners will find themselves pressing the Repeat button several times before they are able to walk away.
As always, we had our favorites. “Set Me Free” is Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, and Tina Turner merging into one being for three minutes and thirty-five seconds of unabashed glory. Two gorgeous slower tracks that captured our attention and held us rapt for the duration were “Am I Just a Shadow,” sweet old-school R&B, and “I’d Rather Be Alone,” a gospel-tinged, Stax-flavored delight.
Other stand-out tracks include the wonderful review style romp “I Believe (Everything Gonna Be Alright),” and “Get Up And Dance Away Your Blues,” a Memphis revival inspired performance that will do a body good! We also enjoyed “Can We Do It Again,” a jazzy cut oozing supper club allure, and definitely the most “Detroit” cut on the album. The title track lifts the spirit with its Staples Singers essence and superb vocals.
The players on the album are every bit as solid as Davis’ vocals, truly a worthy match for her expressive talent, and they do each other proud.
Honest Woman is a what a great album is supposed to be; Unrelenting, captivating, and holding us so we don’t want to let go. Do yourself a solid and pick this up today – you will thank yourself later.
Honest Woman by Thornetta Davis
Label: Sweet Mama Music
Running Time: 61:00
Written by Duane Verh
Detroit Diva Thornetta Davis sets a very high bar for urban blues releases this young year. A Motor City blues/r&b scene regular who has provided vocal backup for Kid Rock and Bob Seger, Ms. Davis establishes herself as a bona fide triple threat. She provides her stylish, powerhouse vocals with a constant stream of fresh sounding, cover-worthy originals, enhancing their range and variety with equally fresh arrangements and production. Standouts in a very strong set include “That Don’t Appease Me”, “Shadow” and “Sister Friends Indeed”. http://www.rootsmusicreport.com/reviews/view/album-review-of-honest-woman-by-thornetta-davis/
REVIEW BY PROFESSOR JOHNNY P http://professorjohnnyp.blogspot.com/2017/01/thornetta-davis-honest-woman.html
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To all my music friends and family and especially to those who love the BLUES, you must own this fabulous cd! I’m not one to write any type of a review for a new CD unless I truly believe what I say is truthful and from the heart. The reason I promote a piece of work by an artist is simple, I promote it because I want YOU to have the same experience that I have had every time I push the play button. Each song has a unique way of grabbing your attention, making you want to stomp your feet or clap your hands. “Sisters” – and brothers- take a listen to the dedicated song for all sister friends out there. This song is how so many of us feel about our friends and a way to thank all of those in our lives that see us through it every step of the way good, bad and ugly. We have been through it all haven’t we? And my favorite song on this cd, “I Believe”. Wow, this song has put “hope” back in my heart and lifts my spirit up into a place of greatness every time I listen to it. The timing of this release couldn’t of been more perfect for me and I think you will agree too, with the negativity in this world today, it was time for a song like this, “I Believe” to pour out over the airwaves and remind us all that hope is alive and well inside all of us and it’s up to US to believe. Get your cd “Honest Woman” by Thornetta Davis.