(9/10) Guitar master Joe Bonamassa released so far eleven studio records and number twelve has seen the light of day a few days ago. "Blues of Desperation" is the title and the longplayer contains eleven brand new tracks of the blues guitarist.
Bonamassa is one of the best guitarists in the here and now. He proved this again and again, with the new album as being another milestone in this extraordinary career. But besides his soulful and precise guitar play Bonamassa also gets better and better as singer. It's amazing how he can handle this double load on such a high level.
Joe Bonamassa builds his songs on a passion for music and songwriting. Whatever the guys wrote and recorded sounds authentic and real. His longplayers aren't 'just' another album. The eleven tunes on "Blues of Desperation" contain heart and soul, something that makes the record to one of the best ones in 2016.
It starts with the forceful "This Train" where you can hear the pumping engine of this locomotive going right into your legs and it ends with the emotional ballad "What I've Known for a Very Long Time". "Blues of Desperation" is full of meaningful blues anthems that are, each one for itself, a treat for your ears.
I could go on with writing about all the tracks individually since they are all worth to be mentioned, but in the end you should listen to "Blues of Desperation" instead of reading about it.
Anyhow, there are two more numbers that stand out a bit from the rest, at least for me. "Drive" is one of these emotive grooving numbers that are the musical version of a car ride into the sunset after a hot and dry summer day.
The second piece I want to bring up is "The Valley Runs Low". Soul gets more attention with this tune that also shows Bonamassa growing towards an excellent singer with a great voice.
"Blues of Desperation" another crucial brick in Bonamassa's solid house of blues, a building where he adds and adds new levels. This album is threshold for each blues guitarist and an album that should have a place in every serious rock collection ... and it actually deserves to be listened on vinyl.
- This Train
- Mountain Climbing
- No Good Place For The Lonely
- Blues Of Desperation
- The Valley Runs Low
- You Left Me Nothin' But The Bill And The Blues
- Distant Lonesome Train
- How Deep This River Runs
- Livin' Easy
- What I've Known For A Very Long Time
Label: Provogue / Mascot Group
Genre: Blues /Rock
Release Date EU: March 25th, 2016