Album: Eli 'Paperboy' Reed & the True Loves, Roll With You (Q Division)

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With credit getting crunchier and equity in a negative mood, what better to pick us all up than a soul revival: from Amy and Duffy to Sharon Jones and now Eli "Paperboy" Reed, a 24-year-old Bostonian whose voice closely mirrors Otis, Sam and Wilson.

'Roll With You' blasts off with the so-familiar-it-could-be-a-cover "Stake Your Claim" and the True Loves sound is so jaunty and distracting that it's not until a few songs later that you realise every tune here is a virtual rewrite of a classic: from "Tears of a Clown" (the title track) to "Hard to Handle" ("The Satisfier"). Soul music for the Duffy generation. Rescue me.

Pick of the Album: Opener 'Stake Your Claim' is as good as it gets

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