Tank Full of Blues
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dion has spent much of his recent career mining early rock 'n' roll hits and the blues. Albums like Son of Skip James and Bronx in Blue prove the man who gave the world "A Teenager in Love" with The Belmonts back in the late '50s is still interested in uncovering the emotional power of timeless music. Tank Full of Blues features mostly newly written original blues songs. "Ride's Blues (for Robert Johnson)" imagines a conversation with the Mississippi Delta blues great. "I Read It (In the Rolling Stone)" turns up a slinky blues and toys with the idea of getting your cultural cues from Rolling Stone magazine. The production is straightforward and no-nonsense, presenting a solid drummer who plays in the pocket, lead guitar licks that are modestly overdriven, and vocals that are cool but never detached. The chemistry between musicians means that "My Michelle," "My Baby's Cryin'," and "I'm Ready To Go" are textbook examples of what the modern blues can be.