Album Review

Tedeschi Trucks Band, 'Revelator'

June 6, 2011

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What went wrong here? Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks were each nominated for a Grammy in the best contemporary blues album category last year — Trucks ultimately winning for his exquisite “Already Free.’’ Expectations were high for this first joint record from the husband-and-wife team, but they generally settle for easy-listening, adult-contemporary blues music that rarely unleashes the power for which they are known. After a promising start with “Come See About Me’’ (suggesting a groove from the Allman Brothers Band of which Trucks is a member), they suddenly slip into a rut of seven straight slow songs. “Midnight in Harlem’’ is shockingly laid-back, given that one lyric conjures heroin needles on the ground. “Ball and Chain’’ has a title that suggests Janis Joplin punch, but it fades away. There’s finally some energy on the John Lee Hooker-like “Learn How to Love’’ and the funky “Love Has Something Else to Say,’’ but it feels too little, too late. Let’s hope they rock more next time. (Out tomorrow) STEVE MORSE

ESSENTIAL “Learn How to Love’’

The Tedeschi Trucks Band performs at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom June 16, the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Conn., July 22, and the Bank of America Pavilion Aug. 17.