JoeBona­massa

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AnotherCDfromJoeBona­massa? In­deed!Butwhat’ssoa­mazingis thath­e­main­tainssuchahigh­level of­per­for­mance­and­ma­te­rial. Fol­low­inghis­last­stu­dioal­bum, 2012’sDriv­ingToward­sThe Day­light,th­is­fea­tures11new track­sall­writ­ten­byJoe.“Iwant­ed­tomakea­com­plete­ly­o­rig­i­nal blue­sal­bum,”hede­clares,andthi­sis­mostcer­tain­lythat!It’s ex­per­i­men­ta­landin­spi­ra­tional,fullof­sur­pris­esand­in­cred­i­blytight (check­outLoveAin’tALoveSong).Nowthat­can­some­times­meana los­sof­feel,but­that’scer­tain­ly­not­the­case­here­asHeartache Fol­lowsWhereverIGodemon­strates­rather­well.Thereg­u­lar­tri­ois here,plus­sev­er­alother­mu­si­ciansin­volved,bu­tit’sno­sur­prisethat Kev­inShirl­ey­con­tin­uesto­pro­duceasBona­mas­saandShirleyare sucha­great­team.Joeissingin­gand­play­ing­bet­terthan­everand the­ma­te­ri­al­is­noth­ing­short­of­sen­sa­tional,soifyou’veyet­topick up­on­thisle­gendary­gui­tarplay­er­wholovesBri­tish­blues,then­this isafan­tas­tic­place­tostart.Im­pos­si­bleto­fault,thi­sisamust­buy! gui­tarandJonLord’skey­boardswas al­ready­in­mo­tio­nandthat­wa­sone as­pect­that­stayedun­tiltheend­ofthe band.This­boxed­set­p­re­sentsmono and­stere­over­sion­sofShadesOfDeep Pur­ple­andTheBookOfTaliesyn, al­ter­na­tivemixes,remixes,sin­gle­sand out­take­san­das­suchisamust­for devo­tees.They­w­ere­tak­ingrock­in­toa newar­eas­back­then,even­bor­der­ing on­pro­gatthis­time,al­thoughthat path­wasa­ban­doned­with­the per­son­nelchanges.Still­sounds­fresh to­day,sow­ell­worthcheckingout. andthesong­writ­ing­has­n­e­ver­been bet­ter.Theal­bu­mopenswith­thesolid an­driffyGot­taLoveTheRide,arocker that’stigh­tand­force­fu­lan­dal­lows PaulGil­bert­thep­er­fect­plat­form­fora soar­ing­solo.Yes,the­boysare­back and­firing­o­nall­four­cylin­ders!Eric Mart­in­hasal­wayshadthevoiceto front­this­pow­er­ful­trioandhe’slost none­ofhisedge.Thi­sisabril­liant al­bum­from­some­ofthebest hard-rock­play­er­sthathavee­ver­been. Bil­lyShee­hanon­bas­sand­drum­mer PatTor­pe­yareaformidabler­hythm sec­tion,andin­spi­te­ofBilly’sbass chops,heav­oidsover-play­ing,thus al­low­ing­th­etrack­sto­breathe.Lot­sof vari­a­tion­in­tem­poand­feel­here­and nopadding,butwelovePaul’sgui­tar onEast/West,the­har­mon­ic­sec­tionof TheLightOfDayandthe­gentler­pace ofJustLetYourHeartDe­cide.Their fan­swilllovei­tan­dit’sagreat­placeto star­ti­fyou’re­new­toMrBig. mo­mentstot­hear­range­ments,and that­workspar­tic­u­lar­ly­wellonAn­gels (not­theRob­bieWil­liamstrack)which builds­fan­tas­ti­cally­a­sit­pro­gresses;to alesserde­gree,the­same­goes­for Field­sOfFray.There’sgrea­tuse­of­d­ual gui­tar­work­fromDan­nyBeard­more andDanS­tock­dale,all­sup­port­edby the­con­sis­tent­ly­force­ful­drum­min­gof PaulFer­nan­dez.It’samighty­pow­er­ful out­fit.Ear­lierintheyearthey­hada sin­glere­lease,BringTheFuel;that’s in­cluded,andit’sa­good­in­tro­duc­tion tothe­band.Over­the­w­holeal­bum there’slit­tlere­li­ef­fromthe­mu­si­cal on­slaught,yet­the­con­stan­tqual­i­tyof ma­te­ri­al­will­keep­y­oucom­ing­back for­more.We­likethisa­lot! Coun­ter­clock­wise,too!Although we’veon­lyjust­got­thisit’sbee­nout forawhile,butis­def­i­nite­ly­wor­thyof are­view.Side­Ef­fects(they’vere­cently short­enedtheir­name)areatight power-rock­trio,butwheretheyscore over­manyotherbandsinthis­gen­reis intheirmelod­i­can­dwell-con­structed songs.Vo­cal­sa­re­ex­cel­len­tandI­van tear­se­very­ounce­ofemo­tionoutof his­gui­tar­dur­inghisso­los.Thishas big­ger­pro­duc­tion­va­l­uesthanthe ear­lier­ma­te­rial,andthe­o­rches­tral ar­range­mentofE­clipseaddsreal grav­i­tas.Gild­edCa­ge­of­fer­salit­tle acous­ti­cre­li­ef­fromthe­heav­ier pro­ceed­ingstoo.Check­out­the in­stru­men­talTimeTrav­elonYouTube fo­ratas­teroftheal­bum.

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