Album: Robert Cray Band, Nothin' But Love (Provogue/Mascot)

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A 16th studio album by the Grammy-winning bluesman; 10 self-composed songs exploring the troublousness of love in the modern world with arrangements that tip a self-conscious hat at jazz, while rocking your coffee table in its castors, thanks to producer Kevin Shirley's conviction that the drummer could do with a little more.

Cray's voice remains something of a cipher, but his unadulterated Stratocaster tone and spitty phrasing may well do it for you.