Although she's one of the blues' most powerful contemporary singers and guitarists, Deborah Coleman grew up worshipping rock & rollers like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. "Soft Place to Fall" shows this influence, with Coleman doling out proper rockers alongside a varied collection of blues numbers.
The three songs Coleman contributes are some of the album's best, particularly the creeping blues of "Another Hoping Fool" and the quick-footed Texas blues of "What Goes Around." Her rock roots show on "Look What You Do to Me" and the fat riffing in "Confused," while "The Day It Comes" and the Jerry Lynn Williams number "Nothin' to Do With Love" are sterling bits of Southern rock. She even does a feminine reworking of Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man." From rock to cool funk, boogie, R&B and straight 12-bar blues, this is the best album yet from one of the most vital blues performers working today.