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Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves: Roll With You

John Morthland, No Depression, 29 February 2008

HERE'S THE MAIN thing separating Eli Reed from all those other blue-eyed soul (and blues) poseurs: even though he's so obviously working a black musical form, he does it with such a combination of knowing restraint and unabashed enthusiasm that there's not a whiff of minstrelsy or blackface affectation in him. He just sounds like a guy having the time of his life singing in a black-derived style.

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