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Enjoyable post, Mac. I'll have to get back later and actually listen to the three songs.

I love this record!

Good. :-)

Since you like this, Mac, you might want to check out the Chicago band Chamber Strings. They're similar in some ways, but they have a little bit of a 60's soul influence as well. I think they only did two albums but they got a fair amount of attention in the indie scene in the late 90's/early 2000's.

I'll give them a listen.

I'm always a little embarrassed to admit this, but I never cared much for soul at the time, and not a whole lot now, although I appreciate it more than I did back then. The Alabama Shakes are from the town where I went to high school (Athens, Alabama), and they're very good, and I'm happy for their success and really want to like them, but...it's just not a sound I'm much drawn to.

The soul influence in Chamber Strings is not super-prominent, just sort-of "there," like it is in a lot of Van's stuff.


Though it doesn't have the wistful-nostalgic quality which is what gets me about The Clientele.

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