Son Seals, Midnight Son

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 07.27.11 in Reviews
A gruff voice and raw, blitzing guitar

Seals was the most formidable Chicago blues newcomer of the ’70s, with his gruff voice and raw, blitzing guitar complementing each other menacingly. (Here, they’re set off by the addition of comparatively smooth horns.) And because he was originally a drummer, he took rhythm guitar as seriously he did lead, and knew from grooves. That’s why slower, more deliberate jams like “Telephone Angel” and “Going Back Home” pack as much punch as the romping “Four Full Seasons of Love.”