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Recorded in Memphis at the iconic Sam Phillips Recording studio with acclaimed young producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell) and background vocals from legendary Memphis vocal group The Masqueraders, 99 Cent Dreams goes deeper than any previous Eli release, while maintaining a freewheeling ease that also makes it the most rewarding listen in his catalog. As he deploys his pulse-pounding, rafter-raising voice and keen observational sense to reflect on new fatherhood, and his first decade cutting records, the Brooklyn singer delivers an uplifting, exuberant, and horn-drenched testament to life’s winding road.
99 Cent Dreams marks a return to the timeless music Eli fell in love with as a young man — performing in the juke joints of Clarksdale, Mississippi and the Chicago church of Chess Records artist-turned-preacher Mitty Collier. With his enduring love of soul music more fervent than ever, Eli’s songs on 99 Cent Dreams may range from joyous and playful to nostalgic and wistful, but at their core each centers on appreciation, fulfillment, gratitude and all else that comes with hard-won perspective.