Joe Bonamassa

Blues Of Des­per­a­tion

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Mas­cot La­bel Group

We’re barely into the new year and al­ready we have a new re­lease from JB. We’ve come to ex­pect top-qual­ity stuff and this is no ex­cep­tion. Huge per­cus­sive sound per­sists as well as great songs and ex­tra­or­di­nary gui­tar play­ing, of course, but what re­ally stands out is Joe’s mas­tery of tone. The tracks are pretty in­tense at the start but grad­u­ally set­tle with the hyp­notic Drive. It’s hard to sin­gle out tracks as the stan­dard is fright­en­ingly high, but must-men­tions in­clude Moun­tain Climb­ing with its nod to Les­lie West; No Good Place For The Lonely for the sheer dy­nam­ics of the per­for­mance and that un­ex­pected bridge sec­tion; and the acous­tic re­lief of The Val­ley Runs Low. The ti­tle track is an at­mo­spheric tour de force and the al­bum con­cludes with a Peter Green-es­que ex­e­cu­tion of What I’ve Known For A Very Long Time. Not a damp squib in sight; this is a tri­umph. How does he do it?

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