Robert Cray Band – Nothin’ But Love (2012)
Since becoming crown prince of the blues in the late 80s, Cray has won Grammies and played alongside 12-bar aristocrats such as BB King but has often seemed on cruise control. As a suited-up Mad Men cover shot suggests, he has his mojo back. Won’t Be Coming Home puts Cray in the driveway watching his woman’s tail light vanish, pitting weary vocals against stinging guitar. I’m Done Crying, a slow, soul-soaked epic with strings, has him testifying magnificently. Producer Kevin Shirley keeps things taut and gritty (the sessions took just a fortnight) and Cray burns with urgency.