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Jimmy Scott: Holding Back the Years

Admittedly Jimmy Scott is an acquired taste, but once you’ve quaffed from his deep well you’re an initiate who can’t get enough of the sweet nectar of his impossible falsetto and languid tempos. Holding Back The Years is an apt title as Jimmy sounds better on record than he has in ages. Somehow he’s turned back the clock just a bit and corralled what had seemed like an impossibly runaway vibrato. Veteran singers must either grow with it gracefully and tailor their material accordingly or dig deep for some means of control, and Jimmy seems to have it under reasonable control.

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