Following their 2011 Grammy-winning debut album, Revelator, and 2012â€™s rollicking live record, Everybodyâ€™s Talkinâ€™, the Tedeschi Trucks Band have done it again with their newest endeavor. Made Up Mind is a highly-anticipated collection of songs that melds the considerable talents of this sprawling 11-piece outfit in a way that will satisfy fans and critics alike.
The instrumental, vocal and songwriting expertise of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks fuses with their bandmates in a way that shows creativity and confirms that theyâ€™ve hit their stride as a group. That musical understanding of one another results in a sound reminiscent of both Stax Records and Muscle Shoals Sound with elements of jam and funk thrown into their signature blues/soul mix.
Known for their extraordinary assemblage of musicians, the Tedeschi Trucks Band truly shows no signs of weakness on Made Up Mind. The albumâ€™s stellar lineup includes Kofi Burbridge (keyboards, flute), Tyler Greenwell (drums, percussion), J.J. Johnson (drums, percussion), Kebbi Williams (saxophone), Maurice Brown (trumpet), Saunders Sermons (trombone and vocals), Mike Mattison (harmony vocals) and Mark Rivers (harmony vocals). Along with the instrumentation, further collaboration adds to the albumâ€™s success with co-writers Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Krasno, Gary Louris, John Leventhal and co-producer Jim Scott.
The album showcases Trucks as the guitar virtuoso to which weâ€™ve become accustom and adds in Tedeschiâ€™s signature raspy vocals in a way that is both gritty and sensual.Â In a mature leap forward, Made Up Mind shows a more polished and intentional instrumentation than the group has previously delivered. Each track beams with layers and textures of their southern soul groove, leaving the listener with great hooks, catchy tunes and exquisite guitar.
When speaking of the current state of the band, Trucks says, â€œIt makes a statement that this band knows what it wants to do and is here to stay. Take it or leave it, this is what it is.â€
Weâ€™ll take it.
Made Up Mind is out now on Sony Masterworks.