Who: American Love Call is Bloomington, Indiana’s Durand Jones & The Indications sophomore record.
Sound: Durand Jones & The Indications have a soaring and infectious 70’s soul sound.
TFN Final Take: Durand Jones 2016 self-titled debut was another stellar release in the retro-soul movement and quickly put the Indiana band on everyone’s radar that has only grown with the lead up to the group’s sophomore outing, American Love Call. The anticipation and wait were worth it as American Love Call brings Durand Jones & The Indications sound forward with a much bigger scale that includes deeper lyrics, expanded musical avenues and a wider scale. You will hear this growth immediately on the opening track “Morning In America” when its powerful message hits you square in the chin as Jones sings “It’s morning in America; But I can’t see the dawn.” All of this of course is delivered with a perfect foot tapping beat. This smooth soul continues throughout American Love Call.
The not so hidden strength of American Love Call is the falsetto voice of drummer Aaron Frazer. He sings lead on six of the album’s tracks and brings a diversity that keeps this record rollin’ like the summer breeze that is coming our way soon. American Love Call only gets better with repeat listens and its timeless components will carry well beyond 2019. Time to sign up because Durand Jones & The Indications are on their way up!
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– Reviewed by Christopher Anthony