If I had to put together a top 10 of this century’s most acclaimed songwriters, Reigning Sound’s Greg Cartwright would be in it. If I had to put together a top 10 of my favorite albums of the last ten years, Reigning Sound’s Shattered would be in it (standout track Never Coming Home is one of the most beautiful songs ever). If I had to put together a top 10 of rockin’ covers of soul songs, Reigning Sound’s You Got Me Hummin’ would be in it (written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter, popularized by Sam & Dave). If I had to put together a top 10 of the most needed vinyl reissues, I would have to choose between Reigning Sound’s first two LPs.
As you can imagine, I’m a little excited about the release of this new record, A Little More Time with Reigning Sound, twelve new garage rock songs with a lot of soul, out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through Merge Records. It’s dedicated to the memory of Norton Records’ Billy Miller. As you’ve probably already read elsewhere, the album is a reunion of “the original Memphis line-up”, in which Cartwright (vocals / guitars / percussion) plays together with Jeremy Scott (bass), Greg Roberson (drums), and Alex Greene (awesome on keyboards). Coco Hames came by for some additional vocals. The result is as good as expected, no more, but also no less than that. The 12 new songs again contain witty lyrics, which are sung sincerely and with an edge, the sound of the band is warm and intimate. We’ll have to wait a little more time before we know if the album ends up in the top 10 of the Music Year-End Lists of 2021.
Bonus: Watch the video for uplifting single Let’s Do It Again below.
“Turn down the lights and play records all night”