Saturday, October 18th, 2014 | Los Angeles, California

Review by Oscar Jordan

 

Joe Bonamassa has taken blues music out of the ebullient Black clubs that crisscrossed America, and re-fashioned it into an epic theatrical presentation for the world’s most illustrious stages. With his predilection for classic British blues-rock, Different Shades Of Blue scratches that itch and then some.

Produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Aerosmith), Different Shades Of Blue features original material except for “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” by Jimi Hendrix, and continues along the stylistic path of past recordings. “Oh Beautiful,” “Love Ain’t A Love Song,” and “Living On The Moon” deliver fan approved blue-eyed soul and brash Les Paul guitar stylings.

Velvet organ textures careen throughout with the help of Reese Wynans and a stellar rhythm section that includes Carmine Rojas and Michael Rhodes on bass and Anton Fig on drums. Bonamassa takes familiar blues tropes, polishes them to perfection, then serves them in a pristine package for the 21st century blues fan. Songs like “Heartache Follows Where Ever I Go” and “I Gave Up Everything For You, ‘Cept The Blues,” is manicured Abercrombie & Fitch blues-rock without any hint of the culture from which it sprang. Different Shades Of Blue is a smart career savvy record that caters to his fan base, while Bonamassa himself continues to edge further away from the earthy, gut-level musicality of his heroes.

 

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