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Eric Johnson returns with the worldwide release of 'Bloom'. Special guests include Grammy Award-winning vocalist Shawn Colvin and guitarist Adrian Legg. The sixteen songs on 'Bloom' are carefully sequenced into three different sections, grouped together in terms of vibe and style. The prelude section features 'Bloom', 'Summer Jam', the Bob Dylan cover 'My Back Pages', 'Good to Me', 'Columbia', and '12 to 12 Vibe'. The courante section features 'Sea Secret', 'Sad Legacy', 'From My Heart', 'Cruise the Nile', 'Tribute to Jerry Reed', 'Your Sweet Eyes', and 'Hesitant'. The allemande section rounds out the CD with 'Sunnaround You', 'Magnetized', and 'Ciel'. Favored Nations. 2005.
Texas guitar prodigy Eric Johnson returns to recording after a near-decade absence with a lush, typically restrained collection that eschews flash for fluid cool. Arranging the album's 16 songs into a musical triptych whose sections are labeled "Prelude," "Courante" and "Allemande," Johnson aims at creating a landscape of shifting moods that's as subtle as it is mature. The guitarist's trademark lyrical style is immediately showcased on the title track, "Summer Jam" and the stately fallen astronaut tribute, "Columbia." The first section is also energized by the funked-up "Good to Me," before Johnson turns to fare that's variously more impressionistic (the instrumental "Sea Secret"), conscience-driven (the pop-savvy ballad "Sad Legacy") and smooth-groove, r&b sultry ("From My Heart"). The infectious finger-pickin' "Tribute to Jerry Reed" segues into a final act that includes the romance of "Your Sweet Eyes" (with guest Shawn Colvin adding her distinctive harmonies), "Hesistant"'s tasteful Wes Montgomery-isms and the 70's charged, acid-jazz of "Magnetized." His fusion-lite cover of Dylan's "My Back Pages" and saccharine "Sunnaround You" withstanding, it's another fine tribute to Johnson's tasteful, often introspective muse. -- Jerry McCulley
Eric Johnson finally outdid "Ah via Musicom"! An amazing CD with tremendous variety. "Your Sweet Eyes" is one of the greatest songs written in the last decade. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeff Holland
I like a lot of heavy metal/thrash music. But, when i get in the mood for it. I like EJ. This guy is very atmospheric, and talented. My ear/soul likes it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eddie Lee
Okay album, not great!.
Some tunes that I just wanted to skip to the next, which for me is not a typical Eric Johnson. Read more
Eric Johnson NEVER disappoints! Greatest musician ever!
Bloom is divided into three movements that take the listener on a musical journey through EJ's world. Beautiful.
I'm a long time Eric Johnson fan. Just love the stuff. Loved it from the first time I ever saw him live, or ever heard the album "Tones". Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by M. Hughes