“That first response to a record is the most
important,” says frontman Eli Reed. “If a record comes
on and makes you want to dance right away, then you’re doing
a good job. If a record comes on and makes you want to cry right
away, you’re also doing a good job. I think this album does
Roll With You is a vital, gospel-tinged mix of sweaty,
up-tempo numbers and aching, lovelorn ballads that connect instantly
thanks to the passion of this young performer and his equally young
band. The True Loves may employ classic soul stylings but they make
the music their own by performing it with the youthful abandon that
only a group of seven talented guys in their ’20s can muster.
"There are singers who sing and there are singers whose
sheer power of expression can knock you off your feet. Eli 'Paperboy'
Reed falls firmly into the latter category ... [he] threatens to
be one of the defining voices of the year" - MOJO
"Mr. Reed invokes the stylish and muscular
R&B of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke with convincing suavity."
- THE NEW YORK TIMES
"A whole-hearted son of soul ... Amy Winehouse
better watch her back." - VILLAGE VOICE
"Serious swagger and old-school sincerity
... a local favorite set to break out on a national level."
- BOSTON GLOBE
"[A] star on the rise ... Reed stunned
the crowd [as he] screeched and hollered through a no-holds-barred
set of originals that could be easily mistaken for lost Stax classics."
- THE BOSTON HERALD
"The truth is in the grooves ... [Reed's
song 'The Satisfier'] is the sound that's bulldozed the skeptics
- dirty guitar, in-the-pocket rhythm section, goosy organ, rocking
call-and-response horns, and backing vocals that out-Ronson Mark
Ronson." - BOSTON PHOENIX
"[Reed's] blazing soul get[s] the pulse
racing and the spirit testifying. The brilliantly nicknamed singer
combines the sob of Al Green with the beef of Otis Redding, and
boasts a band, The True Loves, who look young enough to be in some
emo group but have better taste." - MOJO MAGAZINE
"[Reed] is strong and confident...he delivers
a classic soul boast without sounding churlish or macho..."
- NO DEPRESSION
"The audience was fully swept up in the
soul wayback machine [Reed] and his band constructed ... one look
at Reed wailing his guts out and it was clear he meant every note."
"If you do only do one thing this week,
[go see] Eli 'Paperboy' Reed ... The talented singer is clearly
screaming from the heart." - TIME OUT NY
”If I had to pick a new song I loved, I'd pick "Take
My Love With You" by this guy from Boston, Eli "Paperboy"
Reed. Could he be the male Amy Winehouse? Why ever not?”
- NICK LOWE talking to MOJO MAGAZINE
ROLL WITH YOU Tracklisting:
Stake Your Claim
Am I Wasting My Time?
Take My Love With You
I’ll Roll With You
I’m Gonna Getcha Back
Won’t Give Up Without A Fight
(Am I Just) Fooling Myself
(Doin’ The) Boom Boom