Album of the Week - Anderson East

Anderson East – Encore

Alabama native Anderson East collaborates with producer Dave Cobb once more on his Southern Soul sound for Encore. The album boasts songwriters from Chris and Morgane Stapleton to Willie Nelson to Ed Sheeran. East is a master at interpreting other songs, which is noted in the changes he made to the Sheeran-penned “All on My Mind.” Cobb, who discovered Anderson at an open mic in Nashville, is East’s kindred spirit (East is also a trained sound engineer) giving the record a classic Muscle Shoals sound. The two last matched up on East’s Delilah, which was recorded in 2015 at Rick Hall’s FAME Studios where it all began in Muscle Shoals, AL. The bangers on the record, like “Girlfriend,” “Surrender” and “Sorry You’re Sick,” feature incredible blasting horns alongside East’s confident vocals that sound like they are coming from a man twice his 29 years. The album’s majority is filled with mid-tempo songs like “House is a Buildling” (featuring Chris Stapleton) and “This Too Shall Last” (featuring Ryan Adams on guitar). Highlights of the album are when East let’s his voice rip through the mic that brings to mind the most on-fire Wilson Pickett or Tina Turner cuts. The effect of the vocals peaking alongside heavy handed horns makes hitting the repeat button too many times hard to resist.

- Cindy Howes
The Evening Mix