11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Joe Bonamassa is a guitar player’s guitar player. Yet, for every guitarist who sits down to figure how Bonamassa gets his tone, there’s a non-musician listener who just likes the music. Bonamassa balances the needs of both by making sure the songs are there. For his first studio album in two years, he cowrote the songs with veteran Nashville songwriters and went into a Las Vegas studio with longtime producer Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith) and a solid band. “Love Ain’t a Love Song” and “Never Give All Your Heart” nail R&B and blues-rock, respectively, with an ear toward tight hooks. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Joe Bonamassa is a guitar player’s guitar player. Yet, for every guitarist who sits down to figure how Bonamassa gets his tone, there’s a non-musician listener who just likes the music. Bonamassa balances the needs of both by making sure the songs are there. For his first studio album in two years, he cowrote the songs with veteran Nashville songwriters and went into a Las Vegas studio with longtime producer Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith) and a solid band. “Love Ain’t a Love Song” and “Never Give All Your Heart” nail R&B and blues-rock, respectively, with an ear toward tight hooks. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

Jimbo192 ,

Flashback to 2001

Joe is simply amazing. I first saw him back in 2001, when he opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Beacon in NYC. I was by myself at the concert. You know how everyone ignores the opening act you never heard of before? I was outside at the theatre’s bar drinking a beer as was everyone else, when I first heard Joe playing. I was shocked, I immediately went back to my seat and had goose bumps listening to him, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When the concert was over, Joe had a small table out in the lobby selling CD’s. I think it was his folks that were selling them. I bought one on the way out and have been enjoying Joe's music ever since.

JB77Fan ,

Different Shades of Blah

It hurts to type this review after anticipating this albumn for so long. I've followed Joe since he was playing in small clubs, I own every albumn and have traveled to multiple states to see him, so by no means am I late comer to the Bonamassa band wagon.
But at the end of the day this albumn has one maybe two songs that will stay with me and burn into my heart. Where is the haunted sound of Dust Bowl, the loneliness of Sloe Gin, the beat and cresendo of Slow Train, Ballad of John Henry and tens of other JB songs? I always thank Joe for stretching his wings, trying new things and gaining new well deserved fans. However, sadly, here is a Bonamssa albumn that will collect dust well before it's time.

bobkatmsu ,

Different Shades of Blue

Ordered through his web site and received it 2 days ago. Have listened to it 5-6 times beginning to end. Masterful! This is an exquistely talented individual, operating at the top of his game. Joe has learned, it's all about the song. Plenty of fire with the guitar, that only Joe can do. Modern Blues at the best. No one else comes close.

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