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One of many soul acts looking back 50 years and doing very good business: Black Pumas, at the Roundhouse, reviewed

20 November 2021

9:00 AM

20 November 2021

9:00 AM

Black Pumas

Roundhouse

Courtney Marie Andrews

Union Chapel

No musician ever went bust overestimating the public desire to hear classic soul. Slapping on a Motown backbeat has revived many a career and made many a star. At the simplest level, what wedding band are you going to hire: the one playing note-for-note recreations of acid-rock wig-outs from 1968, or the one playing note-for-note recreations of the Motown, Stax and Atlantic catalogues from the same year?

It’s hardly evidence of the appalling taste of the music-buying public.

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