The voice that defi ned a generation is returning with her fi rst album in seven years. “Can’t Go Back” features some of America‘s most exciting modern soul musicians, and was lovingly crafted by producer Paul Bryan (Aimee Mann,
Grant Lee Phillips, Nina Nastasia) at Sound Factory in Los Angeles.
The musicians included Bryan himself as well as keyboardist Keefus Ciancia (B.B. King, T.Bone Burnett, Elton John, Everlast), Ray LaMontagne‘s drummer Jay Bellerose and long term friend and guitarist Mark Creswell. American folk singer songwriter Grant Lee Phillips added his vocal voodoo to ‘All Things To You’ and ‘Keep It Real’.
Tikaram was inspired by her new found love of Americana, by the union of country and soul by Motown and Chess, and by singers such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Dusty Springfi eld, Don Williams, Paul Simon and the long-lost Marie Knight. It proved to be a musical coming home resulting in a warm, uplifting convergence of Tanita‘s fabulously sensual voice with a live soul groove.
ays Tikaram: “It‘s full of sweet melancholy (...). There‘s sex, there‘s nostalgia and there‘s freedom. The song, ‘Dust On My Shoes’, is all about how you can be free from people‘s conceptions of you, if you want and how, while I don‘t have faith, I do believe and I do strive to have an open mind. More than any other, that song encapsulates me.“