PAT COOLEY: Four Stars **** Talking To You (L & L) Distinguished Effort. Should please old fans and gain new. Fans of Pat Cooley and her classic single, “Older Woman, Younger Man” (from Bigg Robb’s Blues, Soul & Old School LP) may be surprised to discover she has left her talented former composer/producer Frank McKinney to strike out into new musical territory. McKinney wrote “Be A Man” and “Get Out” (among others) from Cooley’s most recent (and first-rate) album, Cougar. Then fans will put on the first track of Pat’s newest disc, Talking To You, and possibly do another double-take as Cooley lathers up a new version of B. B. King’s “Paying The Cost To Be The Boss.” It turns out that Pat Cooley’s in a bluesy mood, and she’s found another collaborator, Rob Harris, to enable her new direction. Not only does “Paying The Cost” give notice that the eclectic Ms. Cooley won’t take any “guff” from a man who’s not paying the bills. It sets the tone for an entire set in which Cooley’s bound and determined to give her fans a taste of something different: a hard-edged R&B descended not only from the Boss but the Queen. Queen Ann Peeble’s “I Didn’t Take Your Man” hovers over this album like a patron saint, and writer/producer Harris furnishes Cooley with material that is both faithful to the Hi Records sound and freshly-minted. Talking To You, the title cut, is arguably one of the weakest cuts, simply because it appears to be diluted for radio single air play under the rationale of “trying to please everybody,” which more often than not ends up “pleasing no one especially.” Which is not to say it isn’t a radio-worthy track–just that it doesn’t pack a visceral punch. Most of the other tracks on the CD do. They are uncompromisingly potent, bluesy rockers that grab your attention like a river whose current and depth are powerful and dangerous enough to carry away the fragile and faint of heart. Your Daddy B. Nice’s favorite cut is “Dirt Road Double Wide.” Harris and Cooley seem to like it, too, because they remix it for a second outing on the album’s finale. Cooley is is great form on the fast jam, comfortable, tough and businesslike (the business of the blues, that is), and Harris provides a “Clean Up Lady”-like guitar riff and foot-stomping, horn-driven arrangement that hits the nail on the head like a sledgehammer. Similarly, “Bring It Baby,” in which Pat is– “(I’m) Burning with fire, I’m so full of desire,” –vamps to a thick, Rolling Stones-like rhythm section and Keith Richards-style guitar. The album is a two-person project–Cooley does all the singing, foreground and background, Harris does all the instruments and arranging–and it’s amazing how much the duo sounds like a seasoned, well-rounded live band. Cooley owes much to Denise LaSalle, and Harris has absorbed all kinds of R&B influences without losing his gritty focus. “I Don’t Want To Lose Your Love” slows down the proceedings to mid-tempo, but the tune has a scorching guitar (reminiscent of The Ventures and Link Wray, no less) and organ-style keyboard. Stacked one upon the other, these bluesy but melodic vehicles achieve a cumulative impact. Unlike some recent Southern Soul releases, which you just can’t motivate yourself to listen to a second time, Pat Cooley’s Talking To You almost compels you to queue it up again. Cooley does slow it down for Pat’s Passion, a new ballad. She also reprises Be A Man from Cougar. “I Want To Make Up,” yet another fine ballad to add to the rapidly-growing Cooley catalogue, sounds more like a Cougar out-take in atmosphere and its emphasis on melody, but Harris adapts well to the change in pace with a fitting arrangement. “I Want To Make Up” and “Be A Man” offer a welcome respite from the furious pace of the album as a whole before the album’s finale, “Dirt Road Double Wide (Remix),” closes it out with a return to funky, ferocious fun. Talking To You threw your Daddy B. Nice a curve and will likely dust other Cooley fans off their comfortable stance at home plate. The album defies expectations and renders the usual generalizations meaningless. To wit, its ostensible Southern Soul cut, “Talking To You,” is weaker than its 12-bar-blues tracks, and your Daddy in Soul is more than willing to say, “Bring it on.” This is blues with tempo and melody and plenty of funk: in a word, Southern Soul the way we haven’t heard it in awhile. –Daddy B. Nice
For lovers of true Southern soul we have today “Cougar” for listening to our CD player targeted. It had also been a while since we have some material on soul field reached. Southern Soul, Urban, R & B, you can have multiple labels stick, Pat Cooley what makes us hear music like Betty Wright and Millie Jackson who made a while ago, but with slightly more blues influences incorporated in it. Like many of her colleagues on the soul front she began singing in a local church choir, but her singing technique she refined through lessons at the famous opera singer Lillian Sullivan. After some club and studio work came in contact with none other than the famous Clarence Carter, for whom she did secretarial work first, then backing vocals in his studio around 1980 and eventually she settled on his program for a time. In 1983 she toured extensively throughout Europe and performed for U.S. troops in Beirut and some aircraft carriers. Her style has been broadened with some country and western, which proved a great success. After that performances across South Africa, Japan, and again some European countries including Italy, the Netherlands and France. She returned to the pure Southern soul and made her debut “Hot Hug” followed in 2006 by “Real Thing” and “Boy Toy” two years later. Now she is with her fourth release “Cougar”, which is a beautiful soul album, with some moody atmospheric songs like the beautiful “Hold Still” and the famous Bill Withers cover “Use Me”, with a magnificent version down. Her voice is warm and soulful bluesy with just enough touches to the blues fans to speak. Of course we also get a huge chunk of the more funky, danceable work. The album is beautiful in each other, the work alternates uptempo turn about with the more bluesy slow tracks, which especially “Be A Man” has stayed with us. Pat Cooley proves with her newest that the border area between soul and blues all hers. (RON) www.rootstime.be Google Translate for my:SearchesVideosEmailPhoneChatBusiness About Google TranslateTurn off instant translationPrivacyHelp
Patty, Greetings ! We’ll be reviewing your EXCELLENT CD in the upcoming issue ( #30 ) of REAL BLUES and it’s also on our Top 100 Blues CDs Chart (read by over 2 MILLION Blues/Soul fans world-wide!! ). Issue #31 will have the BEST OF 2010 ANNUAL AWARDS and your CD will be considered for at least 2 categories. I’ll call soon…. Cheers, Andy Grigg
PRESS RELEASE: Meet Pat Cooley & Her New Release: “Cougar” Editor’s Note: I am so very pleased to share this press release with all of you. That’s because I am a BIG fan of the music of Pat Cooley (www.patcooley.net). In fact I am such a big fan of her music, that when I first started the NU SOUL @ RADIOIO.COM channel, I used the music of Pat Cooney’s album “OLDER WOMAN, YOUNGER MAN,” to help kick things off there and her music has been in the rotation ever since. Her new release “COUGAR” is even better. ATLANTA, GA; L & L Records is proud to announce that Marietta, Ga native Pat Cooley has released her 4th album entitled “COUGAR.” The album has been described as a sounding like a taste of Betty Wright, Millie Jackson, Shirley Brown, Bettye LaVette, Barbara Mason and Linda Jones all rolled into one. http://www.patcooley.net This diverse 10 song album covers Soul, Funk, Blues, Pop and Slow Jam territory includes songs such as “Hungry Woman,” “Hold Still,” “Be A Man”, Get Out and a remake of the Bill Withers song “Use Me”. Because of it’s diversity and strong social commentary, it’s no surprise that it has excited many radio programmers and reviewers across the country (and across genres/formats.) Pat started singing at the age of 10, at a church choir anniversary in her hometown of Marietta, Ga. While attending school she sang in the senior and junior church choirs. She also took private voice lessons from Worldwide Opera star Lillian Sullivan. After graduating school, Pat started singing in R&B Clubs in the Atlanta area and performing sound a like tapes for a local recording studio. While appearing in local clubs she was approached by Clarence Carter who was interested in recording her. She began working for Clarence as his secretary in his recording studio and would help in the studio sometimes doing back-up work or laying demos. This led to her eventually becoming the opening act for the legendary Clarence Carter!!! Pat recorded her first album entitled “DOUBLE TALK”. She then went on to record her CD’s entitled “WARM HUG” and “REAL THING”. Pat then recorded a single entitled “OLDER WOMAN, YOUNGER MAN”, from the compilation CD, Blues, Soul, and Old School, produced by BIGG ROBB. Her CD entitled “BOY TOY” is a continuation of the “OLDER WOMAN” saga. That CD has many good songs including her hit single “BOY TOY” and her last single “HYPNOTIZED”. Internationally applauded, Pat has toured the world, including places like South Africa, Japan, Italy, Amsterdam, Paris, Turkey, Greece, Beirut, Italy and Spain. She has even done a Department of Defense (DOD) Tour with a Country & Western Band, which turned out to be quite a success. She also entertained troops in Beirut and sang on the USS Iwo Jima and the USS Portland
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT PAT COOLEY – “COUGAR”: –One of the best CD’s I’ve heard in years ~ Mike Roberts WQMJ 100.1 FM (Macon, GA) –“COUGAR”, is a nice variety of well produced southern-style get down, leaving nothing desired by a saangin’ soul sista who knows all about “puttin’ it to you” & leavin’ it there ~ Jimy Bleu WFDU – 89.1 FM (Teaneck,NJ) –Appropriately titled “COUGAR”, Pat Cooley’s latest effort truly exemplifies her well roundedness and maturity as a vocalist and songwriter. Pat Cooley has arrived and it only gets better. ~ Lee Henzel WRFG 89.3 FM (Atlanta, GA) –I can’t understand why a cd this good couldn’t go mainstream ~ Funky Larry Jones (Soul and Blues Report) –Ms. Pat Cooley has become one of the true divas of Southern Soul. This release of primarily mid-tempo tunes is a strong representation of Pat’s straight ahead, smooth R&B style and vocal delivery ~ Soul Dog (Beachmusic45.com) The fact that “COUGAR” is Funky, Bluesy, Soulful, and Funny isn’t a surprise if you are a fan of Pat Cooley . What is surprising are the badd azz slow jams and message songs, which make it right on time for 2010 ~ Bob Davis (Soul-Patrol.com / RadioIO.com)
I was carried away when poping the CD into player…Cooley immediately blended with the back up in setting the mood for a fantasy ride in the Roadster. After being told of the hard work going into their production…one can fully understand the talented gift making this product an enjoyable winner. This Cd has a dual approach to life considering dancing and love making, the necessary variable thoughts are all implied into the final acts, as it makes your mind float into the clouds with only pleasant memories following as ever. P.S. I am still addicted to the 1st cut as it imcompassies my true feelings.