By Maxim Mower
Right Up ‘Til Now is a swaggering, spell-binding debut.
1. The Good Times
2. The Ballad of Bobby Grey
3. Love Sick
4. Something For Free
5. Ticket Out Of Here
6. My Time Again
7. I Don't Remember Telling You I Loved You
9. Rainey Street
On Right Up ‘Til Now, Eddy Smith dips his brush into an eclectic range of palettes.
We get a sauntering blues-jazz blend with ‘The Ballad Of Bobby Grey’, swinging, toe-tapping soul on ‘Love Sick’ and the Eagles-inspired, country-leaning ‘Something For Free’. The album takes the listener on a vibrant voyage through virtually every sub-genre of the American songbook.
Smith’s distinctive rasp introduces an intensity that many can’t tap into. While some would be tempted to overuse this ace, Smith deftly slips it back up his sleeve when the song demands a more drawn-in, tender vocal, epitomised by ‘Ticket Out Of Here’ and unleashed once more on ‘My Time Again’.
While less-structured offerings, such as ‘The Good Times’, are certainly more evocative when performed live, Right Up ‘Til Now is nonetheless a swaggering, spell-binding debut from Eddy Smith & The 507.
7.5 / 10
Eddy Smith & The 507's 2023 album, Right Up 'Til Now, is out now.