By Billy Altman
Updated September 25, 1992 at 04:00 AM EDT

With the latest blues revival just about at its peak, Robert Cray has chosen an interesting moment to diversify. I Was Warned is a foray into Stax-style soul, complete with sweeping Booker T. & the MG’s organ and charts by the Memphis Horns. What’s more, though Cray is one of the finest straight-ahead guitarists in the field, he has chosen to focus on vocals. There’s still guitar aplenty, but Cray showcases a sly croon somewhere between Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave) and Johnnie Taylor. And that’s no faint praise. B+

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