Essra Mohawk's new CD, "Love is Still the Answer"
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Sun, Jan. 25, 2004
You're Not Alone
During a career that stretches back to the '60s, Essra Mohawk
has gained more success as a writer than a singer. On You're
Not Alone, the husky voice of the Nashville-based former
Philadelphian is framed by appealing soul- and blues-flavored
arrangements with the help of Jon Tiven, the guitarist-producer
who has become a master at crafting such sounds.
Tiven engineered Wilson Pickett's spectacular comeback album
and the first two sets by sensational newcomer Ellis Hooks. This
doesn't quite rank with those works, but the best numbers here,
"You're My Hero," with Steve Cropper on guitar, and "The
Moment," a duet with Bonnie Bramlett, sound like lost pop-soul
— Nick Cristiano