Black Pumas -s/t (album review)

by Woody on June 21, 2019

Photo by Greg Giannukos

Let’s get one thing straight. Eric Burton was born to be a star. There is something about his voice, his stage persona, his back story that make him absolutely captivating. Burton’s vocals scream of retro R&B but that’s where the story takes a bit of a twist.

Burton was busking on 6th and Congress in Austin, when friends connected him and Adrian Quesada. Quesada is a musical genius; someone who makes playing the guitar look as effortless as walking down the street. Quesada first heard Burton sing over the phone and knew he had something special.

From there, the duo fleshed out their sound. Both wanted to avoid being labeled as a retro act; they worked to add other influences, citing 90’s East Coast hip-hop as a major influence. Their willingness to weave different styles together led KCRW to describe them as “Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown.”

The whole of the album sounds fresh as a daisy while paying homage to the music that inspired them. Every time I hear Fire, I get goosebumps. I hear that initial guitar lick and then Burton’s vocals are simply magical. I mean, watch that video below. If that doesn’t get your juices flowing, you’re dead inside.

I’ve been hearing about these guys for quite some time. At every step they’ve exceeded my lofty expectations. From the first note to the last, this album is stunning. And I can’t stress this enough, go see them live. It will be good for your soul.

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