Irma Thomas – After The Rain


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Release Date: 2006

Label: Rounder Records


Track List

  1. In The Middle Of It All
  2. Flowers
  3. I Count The Tears
  4. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
  5. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
  6. If you Knew How Much
  7. Another Man Done Gone
  8. Till I Can’t Take It Anymore
  9. These Honey Dos
  10. Another Lonely Heart
  11. Soul Of A Man
  12. Stone Survivor
  13. Shelter In The Rain



Irma Thomas has long been hailed as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” an accolade that’s accurate but seems a little limited. (Imagine calling Elvis Presley the “King of Memphis Rock & Roll.”) As her first album of new recordings in six years attests, Thomas can sing just about anything better than just about anyone from just about anywhere. Though the liner notes indicate that most of the material was selected before Hurricane Katrina, there’s a bittersweet resonance that extends from Arthur Alexander’s lament about a once happy home “In the Middle of It All” and the soul classic “I Count the Tears” to the funeral dirge of the traditional “Another Man Done Gone” and the Blind Willie Johnson blues standard “Soul of a Man.” There’s an inspirational quality as well, in the gospel “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” and the stirring closer, Stevie Wonder’s “Shelter in the Rain,” with only David Torkanowsky’s piano backing Thomas’s transcendent voice. Other Louisiana instrumental seasonings come from Sonny Landreth’s slide guitar and Dirk Powell’s fiddle. Most singers who have been recording as long as Thomas resort to tricks, mannerisms, and show-off displays, but she remains the anti-diva, a stylist of exquisite understatement whose every note rings true and hits home.

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