Album Remarks & Appraisals:
2010 release from the New York-based Blues veteans. Feed My Soul is the deepest, most original and satisfying album of the Holmes Brothers' career. It's a joyous, triumphant celebration of love, family and faith in the face of adversity, sparked by Wendell Holmes' recent victory over cancer. The album was produced by platinum-selling artist Joan Osborne, who produced the band's 2001 release, Speaking In Tongues
"Sweet bluesy soul, featuring moving compositions from Wendell Holmes ("Feed My Soul") and his brother Sherman ("I Saw Your Face"), as well as a serene cover of The Beatles' "I'll Be Back." Even with such guests as Joan Osborne, the group's endurance remains tied to the three-part harmonies of Sherman, Wendell and Popsy Dixon." - DownBeat
Down Beat (p.58) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Three-par harmonies, as always, fill the air as heavenly blessings."
Living Blues (p.34) - "The opening track, 'Dark Cloud,' sets the tone: the arrangement is sparse, harshly electric, and relentlessly prodding: the lyrics combine images of onrushing apocalypse with a call to action..."
Billboard - "[The Brothers] showcase their beautifully earthy harmonies on the title track and the doo-wop styled 'Pledging My Love.'"
Personnel: Popsy Dixon (vocals, drums); Sherman Holmes (vocals); Wendell Holmes (guitar).
Producer: Joan Osborne.
Audio Mixer: Roman Klun.
Recording information: His House Studio, New York, NY (08/2009); Long View Farm Studios, North Brookfield, MA (08/2009); His House Studio, New York, NY (09/2009); Long View Farm Studios, North Brookfield, MA (09/2009).
Photographer: Stefan Falke.
Feed My Soul is the Holmes Brothers' fourth album for Alligator Records, and like the trio's first release for the label, Speaking in Tongues, it was produced by longtime friend Joan Osborne, who also adds background vocals on several cuts. Nothing here is startlingly different than what the Holmes Brothers have been doing all along, which is a good thing, really, because the group's joyous fusion of gospel, R&B, and soul is remarkably comforting and durable. For Feed My Soul, though, Wendell Holmes, Popsy Dixon, and Sherman Holmes, sparked by Wendell's recent battle with cancer, seem to have found even deeper wells of compassion and wisdom, and if this album isn't markedly different than the group's earlier ones, it feels somehow broader and more resilient, and even more hopeful and determined -- which is saying something, because these guys are all about being positive and keeping on no matter how dark the clouds are. There's so much to like with this release, from the State-of-the-Union "Edge of the Ledge" to the wry "You're the Kind of Trouble," the stately devotion of "Pledging My Love," and the jaw-dropping re-imagining of the Beatles' "I'll Be Back." Imagine the Band playing with a deep dose of gospel in the veins at a Saturday night dancehall with half an eye on having a whole lot of fun and half an eye on redemption. Call it R&B, soul, or gospel, it doesn't matter. It resonates deeply. ~ Steve Leggett