Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise: New Ground (2002)
Bradley possesses an edgy drawl tinged with Gospel and Soul-like attributes, whereas, the lead instrumentalists supplement their staple of high-impact Rock/Pop motifs with well-placed textural treatments. However, enough cannot be said of the powerful material, awash with Bradley’s soul-searching choruses and emphatically stated musings. Besides, each piece boasts a memorable melody and you won’t find any filler here.
On “Willy Lee,” Ruffino’s tasteful slide guitar work (or non-credited pedal steel guitar) sets the stage for a poignant, Soul-Blues ballad, where Bradley sings with heartwarming sentiment. “Born In America,” is a lovely testament and of course serves as a topical statement in lieu of the 9-11 attacks on the USA. With this piece, the band’s climactic overtures stress the importance of the vocalist’s moving discourses. Essentially, “Blackwater Surprise” comes as a major surprise! And given the proper marketing and exposure, Bradley’s innate star potential should blossom as he reaches out to the hearts and souls of the international community. Strongly recommended!
Track Listing: 1.Train 2.See Her 3.Profile 4.Lindy 5.Feel The Fire 6.Exist For Love 7.Nightlife 8.Willy Lee 9.Ride My Wave 10.Fast Lane 11.Young Girls 12.Born In America
Personnel: Robert Bradley: lead vocals, vocals
Record Label: Vanguard Records
Style: Beyond Jazz