From The Archives: Desoto: Take This Veil Album Review (2000)

desotoLucy De Soto – the woman with the likeable golden voice. I’ve long been a fan of Lucy. Her boogie woogie rollicking piano playing and strong rich vocals are an integral part of the Pete Wells sound. ‘Take This Veil’ is her first solo album (proper) in 13 years. (She released two LP’s in the mid 80’s on Chase Records). On ‘Take This Veil,’ she has given her interpretation to several traditional soul & blues standards, and does so with an air of assurance which leaves the listener soothingly satisfied. The blue eyed soul of ‘Can’t Stand To See You Go’ is in a word, captivating, with Desoto’s honeyed vocals dripping with style and elegance. The lazy mood of ‘Steppin Out’ evokes images of late 50’s soul, the voice again refined and captivating, yet it’s on a stripped and unhurried ‘Ain’t Superstitious’ that the voice really shines. Overall, this is a stunning collection of soft soul & blues sung by a polished performer who is indeed a star in her own right.

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(Review by Col Gray. Archive Source: Cat Scratch Fever/Vicious Kitten Records Newsletter Issue 2: September 1999)

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