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Darrell Nulisch
TIMES LIKE THESE
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Boston-based singer Darrell Nulisch lobs another stick of soul-blues dynamite, this one ignited by the opening "Lonely Man," a Little Milton number that that the ex-Texan makes sound like a lost Bobby Bland diamond. With touches of funky organ, cocktail keys, and elegant horns, this is his most sophisticated disc. Even when heís delivering a grinding blues shuffle, like "Something Else," his Southern-accented voice has a way of soaring through notes and adding fine details to his phrases that marks him as one of the countryís best blues warblers ó with a warmer tone and more relaxed approach than, say, that of fellow blue-eyed soul man Delbert McClinton.

As swinging as ballads like the Stax-flavored "Donít Look Back" and "Thatís a Good Idea" are, and as much as "Right Here at Home" smacks of classic Memphis soul, the albumís centerpiece is the title track. Nulisch has penned a song of hope for the New Depression. "I see so many people lost in a fallen world," he sings. "Theyíre treading water and going nowhere/And I sit and wonder what can/What can one man do. . . . In times like these itís up to each and every man/To take time to try to understand/That love is the only thing/That will surely pull us through." Itís a simple but enduring message that wonít waver to the beat of war drums or the fall of stock prices.

BY TED DROZDOWSKI

Issue Date: July 11 - July 17, 2003
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