What does it sound like?:
Releasing a new studio album every year poses a challenge to Bonamassa’s marketing team, challenging them to explain how this one differs from what went before, why this one is the one you need. The pitch this time is that this is Joe’s most adventurous recording to date, the songs having morphed from recording as a trio. Having played this back to back with his last two studio releases – “Royal Tea” and “Redemption” – I’m finding it hard to see the difference other than Joe seems to have been unlucky in love – surely the perfect premise for a blues album?
So intensive is Joe’s production schedule that he’s now rotating his playing squad. Off the bench comes drummer Anton Fig, whilst Steve Mackey (bass), Lachy Doley take over from Michael Rhodes and Reese Wynans on bass and organ.
A 54 second opener “Pilgrimage” invokes John Mayall before giving way to “Notches”, a pulsing mid tempo rocker co-written with Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr. Bonamassa seems to be in a rueful frame of mind, singing about having travelled the world, and being double crossed. A sparse riff treads a fine line between earworm » Continue Reading.