"p""Cray is so incredibly soulfulÂ
a treat for fans" -- "i"STL BLUES"br""br""Cray is so seductive-singing and playing guitar-fans will fall in love with him all over again" -- "i"Barnes amp; Noble (bn.com)"br""br""Cray reminds us of his fine feel for soul and Ramp;B." -- "i"Billboard Magazine, June 4, 2005"br""br""CrayÂs strongest album since Strong Persuader, itÂs encouraging to hear him sounding so on his game" -- "i"Rolling Stone magazine"br""br""it's great stuff, kind of like of Cray's other great stuff" -- POP Matters
"strong material and tasteful, creative playing" -- USA Today
the trademark virtuoso guitar and velvet vocals remind us why CrayÂs start continues to rise," -- HMV, May/June, 2005
CrayÂs sinewy guitar lines and soulful voice shine on songs about -what else?- jealousy, betrayal and love gone bad. -- The Sun, May 20, 2005
From the Artist
"'Twenty' is the way I feel about the move into Iraq instead of going after Osama Bin Laden," he says. "In the song, a young man joins the service after 9/11, questions the whole thing and winds up not coming home. Somebody was duped."
"The song is about an innocent young guy, who, after the events of 9/11, wants to do his part for his country," Cray explains. "He doesnÂt know heÂs going to end up in Iraq, watching the horror thatÂs going on thereÂ
and he ends up losing his life. ItÂs a subject that needs to be spoken about and is in some ways, a continuation of one of the songs we did on the last album."
"We decided to do it a little bit different this time," Cray says. "We cover a few more flavors. It's bluesier, jazz-tinged. And that soul thing is undeniable."
"p""I did my phase where I didn't listen to anything but blues," he says. "But there's a lot of good music out there. If I want some reggae or some old bossa nova, I'm gonna put in on. I can listen to Howlin' Wolf right afterwards and still groove."
"It's the emotion," Cray says of his first musical love. "After the song's over you go, 'That person understands what I'm talking about. I'm not the only one living this life.' That's what the blues is about: healing."