Bettye LaVette Scene of the Crime This is contender for album of the year. The vocals from recently rediscovered soul veteran Bettye LaVette are sweltering on this 10 song collection, which sees LaVette bringing an aged, no-nonsense wisdom to the songs of Elton John, Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, among others. At the backbone of the album are the arrangements from Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers, who frame the tantalizing vocalist with some dive-bar soul. Back to schedule.
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