This meaty masterpiece is the debut of an 11-piece troupe co-led by guitarist Derek Trucks and his wife, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi. Revelator is also a turning point in Trucks' odyssey, since adolescence, toward a deep soul laced with Indo-slide ecstasy. He and Tedeschi, a perfect vocal foil, now front the best Dixie-funk family band since Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. Trucks' serpentine curls slither alongside Tedeschi's supple cries over crosscurrents of The Meters and The Band in "Bound for Glory" and "Midnight in Harlem." And she glows with fighting desire in the swamp-Stax plea "Until You Remember," like a female Otis Redding armed with the reincarnation of Duane Allman.
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