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Lake Street Dive shines soulfully

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Lake Street Dive hearkens back to the more soulful music of the 70s, such as prime Bonnie Raitt and Carole King -- especially when this Boston group’s lead singer, Rachael Price, digs down deeply the way she does on the new album’s title track. Although New England Conservatory of Music trained, this act sounds like it’s learned just as much (if not more) from three-minute records – to paraphrase a Bruce Springsteen song – than they ever did in school.

While everything on this lovably retro full-length draws healthily from yesterday’s classic soul sounds, the best bits include the black church choir-like backing vocals on “What About Me” and the Etta James-y singing on “Seventeen.”

This band is not as deeply Southern soulful as Sharon Jones, nor as rocking as Alabama Shakes, but they nevertheless carve out their own unique groove. Adele has proven that radio audiences have plenty of room in their hearts for singing that doesn’t just sound like some skinny diva vamping to a computerized electronica groove. Here’s to the honest-to-goodness real deals, like Lake Street Dive!

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