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Contrary to the urgent title, Sound the Alarm finds Booker T pootling along in heritage mode. And why not? After all, the former leader of Stax Records’ house band has an incomparable heritage, his Hammond organ one of the signature sounds of 1960s southern soul. But the problem with harking back to the glorious past is that it reminds us of precisely that – the past.

Back on the reactivated Stax imprint, Booker T’s current unstarry crop of collaborators can’t compare with the likes of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett; although blues-rock revivalists Vintage Trouble give it a decent shot on “Your Love Is No Love”, Booker T’s keys shimmering like a mirage.

Booker T

Sound the Alarm

(Stax/Universal)

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