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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.