REUBEN JAMES RICHARDS “About Time” album
Sunday Times “He is a disciple of the venerable Stax/Muscle Shoals tradition of R&B. There’s plenty to admire in these performances.”
Independent on Sunday “Richards has a crunchy, scrunchy sub-Otis bawl that would have sounded dandy in front of the MG’s or the Memphis Rhythm Section”.
Uncut “The influence of Ray Charles and Otis Redding oozes from every note on a warmly authentic set of gospel-tinged blues, soul & R’n’B songs”.
The Independent “Stuffed with rolling grooves, full-fat horn sections and slippery, Cropper-esque guitar lines”.
The Guardian “An exercise in classy retro-soul. Musicians include Charlie Chalmers, whose sax work once backed Wilson Pickett & Aretha Franklin. And as for Richards, he’s equally impressive on the driving & brassy “ASAP”, a keyboard-backed ballad, “Let Me Be the One”, or the slow, powerful remix of “Hold on My Heart”
Mail on Sunday “About Time” strives successfully for a Stax-derived southern soul sound, abetted by musicians including a pair of Al Green’s backing singers”.
Mojo “Otis-like phrasing works well”.
Blues & Soul Mag. “There’s major players from Muscle Shoals, Memphis, New Orleans & Nashville all over this retro soul fabulousness – which will give Leon Bridges a run for his money”. 5***** Album of the Month
Music Week “When placed alongside some of the soul greats Reuben’s voice & the album’s production & song writing hold up very well”.
The Blues Mag. review “To say this album is Stax-drenched would be an understatement”.
The Blues Mag. feature “About Time is blues & soul for the 21st Century & it sure leaves you feeling good”.
Soulexpress.net “About Time” is like heaven sent to all aficionados of southern and deep soul”.
In the Basement “For an upbeat throwback to pure 60’s Atlantic/Stax, look no further”
Classic Rock Mag. “Reuben’s world-class vocal hasn’t lost a lick of soul. ‘We’ll Always Be Together’ and ‘A.S.A.P.’ fizz with a joy that can’t be faked, helped out by brass money-licks that evoke a great lost Muscle Shoals session – not bad, considering it was tracked in Norfolk”.
Echoes “Uplifting songs backed by a big, vibrant band ….the lead singers’ voice , strong, deep, multigrained & emotive, carrying on the Southern soul tradition of late greats such as James Carr & Mighty Sam.
R2 Mag. 4**** “A tangible feeling of real class”
Blues & Rhythm “As soon as you hear the ringing, blues-toned guitar intro & Reuben’s voice intoning ‘It’s over now, it’s in the past’ you know that you’re in for a heavyweight soul ballad, ‘Only Guilty of Loving You’ doesn’t disappoint. This deserves to be the record which moves RJR up to the next level”.
Blues in Britain “Reuben’s voice runs from breaking & emotional to Pickettesque power, & positively shines.”
Record Collector “The 10 songs provide the perfect platform for Richards’ voice; equal parts Otis, Soloman Burke & Wilson Pickett.”
Blues Matters “With a horn section that blow up a storm – one for the Soul lovers for sure!”
BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright “” We’re loving this so much we’re dancing in the studio – superb”.
BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce “That’s a great album, we think he’s excellent”
BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans “This is just great…here’s the super cool RJR…loving that”
BBC Radio 2 Alex Lester – “This is excellent…top stuff.”
BBC Radio 2 Janice Long “He’s got an amazing voice”
BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones “What a great album”
BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine “Really good”
BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday “Let Me Be The One’ is quite, quite, beautiful”
BBC Radio 2 Bob Harris “Doesn’t it sound great”
BBC Radio 2/6Music Craig Charles “I’m so glad this album has seen the light of day, I’ve been playing this a lot”.
BBC Radio Ulster Ralph McLean “More than a touch of vintage Steve Winwood about that track, I like it a lot. Great modern soul voice. The album is superb”
BBC RADIO 2 “ALBUM OF THE WEEK” week commencing 22nd August.
BBC RADIO 2 “RECORD OF THE WEEK” “A.S.A.P” single – week commencing 12th December.
BBC RADIO 2 “A.S.A.P.” single A LISTED on playlist week commencing 9th January.