Gloria Edwards

The Soul Queen of Texas: The Crazy Cajun Recordings

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If Gloria Edwards is the Soul Queen of Texas, either the other contestants got jobbed or the field was woefully weak. The Cajun singer, with an affinity toward R&B/soul music, possesses a voice that is way too light for such a heavyweight title. On top of that, the production is lacking, as the producer could have done more to make the sound fuller. Except for "Blues Part 2," a slow blues tune, and "Lonely Girl," which is straight Chicago soul, the first half of this album is a throwaway. It picks up from the halfway point on, and Edwards throws down on "You Ain't Enough Woman to Take My Man," "Come On Over," a nice shuffling arrangement of Etta James' "Pushover," and an alternate take of "Blues Part 2."

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