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Eli Reed & the True Loves | Music Review

Eli Reed & the True Loves | Music Review
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When leading a revival of an all-but-dead genre, it’s not enough to be good — you have to make people believe. With two scorching EPs and a never-ending series of roof-raising live shows, Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves are converting audiences young and old back to the Church of Soul.

With a clear, pleading falsetto and an uninhibited scream that defies description, Reed, a native of Brookline, Massachusetts, has that perfect combination of talent and charisma that’s the hallmark of classic soulmen. Claiming the best songs are boy/girl songs, Reed has written a catalogue of catchy, unpretentious tunes that often feature him pleading a woman into or out of fidelity.

The band’s first full-length album, Roll with You (to be released this May), highlights its versatility with both tender ballads and gritty, foot-stomping dance numbers. Solid from beginning to end, the record has already garnered gushing acclaim from critics. Poised on the brink of broader fame, the band is confident it can win over anyone who listens, leaving Eli to ask, “Can I get a witness?”

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Justin Shatwell


Justin Shatwell


Justin Shatwell is a longtime contributor to Yankee Magazine whose work explores the unique history, culture, and art that sets New England apart from the rest of the world. His article, The Memory Keeper (March/April 2011 issue), was named a finalist for profile of the year by the City and Regional Magazine Association.
Updated Friday, April 25th, 2008

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