Janiva Magness: One Heartache Too Late


One Heartache Too Late


Janiva Magness (vocals)


What Love Will Do (Alligator 1921)

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Janiva Magness (vocals),

Zack Zunis (guitar), John Whynot (piano), Arlan Schierbaum (Hammond B-3), Gary Davenport (bass), Stephen Hodges (drums), Jeff Turmes (reeds), Lee Thornburgh (brass), Julie Christensen (background vocals)


Composed by Randle & Mills


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This lady has one of the finest blues voices around today. There are bits of Motown and rock here, hints of Aretha or Janis, but the end result is Janiva, a sultry blues diva with a bad attitude. This song floats over a salacious 6/8 that gradually builds in intensity, with Zack Zunis's guitar propositioning our lead singer at every opportunity. But sorry my friend, you are "one heartache too late" on this occasion. This song could be a radio hit, at least it could have been back in the days before the music died. Nowadays you need to sniff out the best songs by yourself. But this one is worth tracking down.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


  • 1 Leah Turner Ng // Feb 16, 2009 at 03:31 AM
    Loved the song. Love Music Choice Albert King!!! BLUES MOVes one to write and share their own feelings knowing but of course everyone feels the same as Me...