Volume 96, Issue 11
Tuesday September 17, 2002

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CD REVIEW: The Derek Trucks Band
Derek drives the truck home

The Derek Trucks Band
Joyful Noise
Columbia

The Rundown: The album Joyful Noise by The Derek Trucks Band is their first release with Columbia Records. They have had three prior albums and have been together for almost 10 years. Derek has been playing the guitar since he was 11-years-old, and has played with such legends as Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy and Widespread Panic. He also plays guitar for the legendary blues band the Allman Brothers. The band's new album has a very eclectic mix of music. It's mainly instrumental, with a few vocal tracks supplied by various guest singers. Many different influences are evident on this album, including blues, jazz, gospel, Latin, Indian classical and Pakistani. Derek Trucks has referred to it as "world roots music," which is very obvious when you listen to the CD. Joyful Noise is all over the place.

Key Tracks: The best song on the album is "Home In Your Heart" – it makes you wanna get up and dance. "Baby You're Right" is also a good song and the guest singer is actually Derek Trucks' wife, Susan Tedeschi. The title track is a catchy mix of blues and jazz.

Sounds Like: Well, these guys are definitely awesome musicians. Even if this type of music doesn't appeal to you, kudos should still go to Derek Trucks and his fellow bandmates, regardless of whether or not the actual lyrics are appreciated – they still shine on their respective instruments. If you possess an appreciation for music from all over the world, give The Derek Trucks Band a listen – they're different from anything you'll usually hear. To listen – and understand – this album, it takes a very open mind. It'll either leave you impressed and inspired or reaching frantically for the stop button. It all depends on your ability to keep an open mind.

–Megan Pasche

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