I first caught wind of Eli "Paperboy" Reed at the Brooklyn Soul Festival last year and soon after went out and got his most recent album at the time, Roll With You. At the time I thought it was great. That is until I picked up his latest album Come and Get It, which came out earlier this month, which is just freakin' phenomenal!
Take a young white boy, fill him up with some love of good ol' 60's soul, R&B, and gospel, and what do you get? Eli "Paperboy" Reed of course! His unassuming exuberance is simply unstoppable, and is most definitely contagious. His influences are evident throughout the new album: whether is the southern Stax style horns mixed with the Motown female harmonies of Name Calling to the gospel draw of Reed's vocals on Pick A Number (my personal favorite on the album), he serves it up nice and meaty, and spot on for sure. There's nothing but love in his delivery, and it's not just fawning, Reed has got the spirit flowing through him for sure.
Check out the album closer Explosion below. It reminds me a lot of Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears (who I wrote about last year for their debut album). Then check out one from his last album. THEN get the whole album for yourself.
and one from his last album: