Introducing..., 180G Pink Marbled Vinyl LP
If not for the fact that he is still with us, you would swear that Motown legend Smokey Robinson had been reincarnated in the form of Aaron Frazer. Frazer’s day job has been playing drums for Durand Jones & The Indications, but if you’re familiar with the group you might know that Frazer lends his sky high falsetto to several tunes, including the standout “Is It Any Wonder?” Here on Introducing…, Frazer shows that his vocal prowess is easily translatable to frontman duties. And frankly that’s a bit of understatement as Frazer nails a versatile lead across a dozen tunes ranging from breezy doo-wop (“Have Mercy”) to peak meter fireworks (“Over You”). And not to be forgotten, Frazer is behind the drum kit as well.
Frazer’s move to the helm was inevitable and with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach on the boards the combination produces a retro-tinged essential. An assemblage of musicians was gathered in Auerbach’s Nashville-based Easy Eye Sound Studio, including members of the Daptone horn section and The Memphis Boys (Dusty Springfield/Wilson Pickett). Bobby Wood’s piano and organ playing, not to mention some songwriting credits, is of particular note. Not surprisingly, the playing and the crystalline production make the perfect backdrop for Frazer to show his skills.