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Review: Robert Finley's deep soul validates 'Goin' Platinum'

By Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press
Dec. 20, 2017 at 5:15 p.m.

This cover image released by Easy Eye Sound shows "Goin' Platinum!" by Robert Finley. (Easy Eye Sound via AP)

History repeating, Robert Finley is another exceptional blues and soul musician getting well-deserved attention at an age when talent contests aren't likely to consider him, whether it's his hair that's gone platinum or his new album, "Goin' Platinum!"

Which is a real pity, since the 64-year-old Louisiana native is a gem of a singer — both rough and refined — who lends instant credibility to any song.

A truncated "Mrs. Robinson"-like riff drives opener "Get It While You Can" and drafts the tonal blueprint for Finley's second record — reverbed, scratchy guitars, handsome horns, sweet backup vocals, perfectly deft percussion and tasteful piano and organ sounds.

Produced and co-written by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, it includes legendary Memphis Boys Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman, who backed Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin. Recorded swiftly at Auerbach's Nashville studio, the freshness of the grooves on the 10 tunes is infectious.

Finley has had his share of hardships — he is now legally blind and unable to work as a carpenter anymore — but if there are similar albums in his future, may they all go platinum.

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