Sunday, time for a classic.
"Right Next Door (Because Of Me)" is a tune taken from the fifth studio album "Strong Persuader" by the American blues singer and guitarist Robert Cray, released on November 17, 1986, by Mercury Records and Hightone Records. It became his breakthrough album to the mainstream. "Strong Persuader" also became a nickname for Cray. It has sold over two million copies by 1995.
"Strong Persuader" is a genuine 1980s classic album. And received rave reviews from contemporary critics. In a review for Rolling Stone, Jon Pareles said Cray delivered intriguing stories about sex and infidelity with disciplined singing, songwriting, and "a version of blues and soul that doesn't come from any one region, building an idiom for songs that tell with conversational directness the stories of ordinary folks". Robert Christgau from The Village Voice praised Cray's sophisticated blues aesthetic and the songwriting of his supporting studio team, hailing Strong Persuader as "the best blues record in many, many years, so fervently crafted that it may even get what it deserves and become the first album to break out of the genre's sales ghetto since B.B. King was a hot item."
At the end of 1986, Strong Persuader was voted the third best album of the year in the Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics published by The Village Voice. Christgau, the poll's supervisor, ranked it fourth on his own year-end list.
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