What does it sound like?:
No-one can accuse Joe Bonamassa of not being prolific – this is his third release in the last year, following a collaboration with Beth Hart and the excellent British Blues Explosion live set. So is it a case of quantity over quality with this new release, his thirteenth solo effort. A resounding ‘no’ is the answer. This album sees JB continuing to redefine and push the barriers of blues rock with a dozen new compositions, which at times tip their hat to influences such as Zeppelin and Free. Indeed there’s some of his most interesting work for a while to be found here, such as the acoustic Stronger Now In Broken Places, and the duet The Ghost of Macon Jones. Themes of redemption and salvation dominate the whole album, particularly on the title track and on possibly the best piece here, Self Inflicted Wounds. Although he can be something of a divisive figure among aficionados of the blues, he seems to be on a creative high with this album, which certainly won’t disappoint fans and hopefully may even win over some new converts.
What does it all *mean*?
This is Bonamassa’s best album for quite a while – in fact it may well be his best and most complete work yet when viewed as a whole.
Goes well with…
A glass of the finest bourbon on the rocks.
Might suit people who like…
Blues rock, virtuoso guitarists.