3. JOE BONAMASSA - DRIVING TOWARDS THE DAYLIGHT
Undeniably the world's hardest working rock star - Joe has somehow managed to release EIGHT album in less than four years (including live and collaborations). Not only is he not looking likely to burn out anytime soon, but he's putting out consistently ace albums at a rate of two a year.
And after a couple of albums which have seen him dabbling with bluegrass and world music, DRIVING TOWARDS THE DAYLIGHT sees Joe turn his attention once more to the blues. His tried and tested album format is there once more, with a handful of originals mixed in with some blues and rock standards reinterpreted in his own inimitable fashion.
More languid than its predecessors, DTTD is a singularly blues based record ready made for a hot summer evening (hmmmm). The groove based opener, Dislocated Boy, and Buddy Miller cover Somewhere Trouble Don't Go stand out as the rockiest moments on the album, but the gentle but brooding title track is, quite simply, one of the best best songs that Joe has ever written. Elsewhere, Joe lets his fingers do the talking with some staggering fret work on songs such as New Coat Of Paint and the Jimmy Barnes collaboration Too Much Ain't Enough Love.
If you're already fan then this record certainly won't throw you any curveballs, but this is as good as any point for new fans to jump on in. You will not be disappointed.
KEY TRACKS: Driving Towards The Daylight, Dislocated Boy, Heavenly Soul
|1. Dislocated Boy||Joe Bonamassa||6:40|
|2. Stones In My Passway||Robert Johnson||3:58|
|3. Driving Towards The Daylight||Joe Bonamassa, Danny Kortchmar||4:50|
|4. Who's Been Talking||Chester Burnett||3:28|
|5. I Got All You Need||Willie Dixon||3:04|
|6. A Place In My Heart||Bernie Marsden||6:48|
|7. Lonely Town Lonely Street||Bill Withers||7:08|
|8. Heavenly Soul||Joe Bonamassa||5:55|
|9. New Coat Of Paint||Tom Waits||4:06|
|10. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go||Buddy Miller||4:59|
|11. Too Much Ain't Enough Love (Feat Jimmy Barnes)||Jimmy Barnes, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon, Randy Jackson, Tony Brock||5:37|
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