“At the top of her game”

Outskirts of Love (which finds her returning to Alligator Records after a pair of albums for Telarc) shows once again (Shemekia Copeland)’s one of the strongest and most capable vocalists in the contemporary blues game. Copeland has a solid, expressive voice with plenty of power, she knows how to sell a song without an excess of melodrama, and with producer and songwriter Oliver Wood she’s found a creative partnership that serves both sides well. […]

Shemekia Copeland is one vocalist who can cut a straightforward blues set in the 21st Century and still make it sound fresh and exciting, and Outskirts of Love captures her at the top of game, young enough to still pack a wallop and experienced enough to know just what her music needs.

By Mark Deming, Allmusic.com.

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