June 4,2004 - Mobile Press Register
Lawrence Specker, Entertainment Editor
" Hard Time" easy to enjoy
Frank Mendenhall focuses on classic soul in his new disc. Hards Times have rarely sounded as good as they do on Frank Mendenhall''s newest album. A Camden, Ala. native with ties to Mobile and Prichard; Mendenhall already is well knownto many area listeners. His two previous albumss; "Time" and "Sweet Love" have their share of fans, and "Shont Dont Dont" is something of a signature single.
But where these two albums show Mendenhall''s range of influences-including Soul, Country, Funk, Blues and Reggae-the new disc "Hard Times" focuses on a classic soul sound that warms and comforts even when the subject matter is anything but warm and comfortable.
From the opening note of "Jealous" to the bluesy "Locked Doors", the disc new tracks are all marked by earthy bass tones and Mendenhall''s own guitar work, reminiscent of the Stax Catalog.
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