Jonny Lang

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Lanfg burst onto the scene over 20 years ago, along with Kenny Wayne Shep­herd. While Kenny was the speedy virtuoso, Lang ploughed a sim­pler fur­row. And while KWS has be­come a so­phis­ti­cated im­pro­viser Lang seems to have re­trenched even fur­ther. Signs sees him re­flect­ing ear­lier in­flu­ences, but mixed with an al­most Jack White sen­si­bil­ity – filthy, fuzz-laden guitar tones jux­ta­pose with clean sin­gle-coil lines, un­der­pinned by great writ­ing and Jonny’s amaz­ing voice. Don’t ex­pect per­fec­tion - a ‘clang’ or two in a heart­felt take is no big deal. But every track is mo­men­tous: huge cho­rus on the anti-war Bit­ter End; an al­most Prince-like vibe on What You’re Made Of and Stronger To­gether; the gi­gan­tic riff­ing on the ti­tle track; the mas­sive chug of Last Man Stand­ing; the Cry Of Love-era Jimi vibe of Into The Light; and the beau­ti­ful acous­tic-led Singing Songs all show­ing the ma­ture artist that Lang has be­come.

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