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Different Shades of Blue

September 23, 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 23, 2014
  • Release Date: September 23, 2014
  • Label: J&R Adventures
  • Copyright: (C) J&R Adventures
  • Total Length: 48:22
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00M5IY254
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (479 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,287 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By SamsHighway on September 23, 2014
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Joe's umpteenth release in his relatively short career, and to my ears it is his best yet. This is his most consistent and thorough album and features all original material (exception of Hendrix Hey Baby opening to "Oh Beautiful"), rather than a mixture of originals and covers of obscure songs re-done with the excellent Bona-treatment.

Without question this is his best songwriting to date, and the grooves and hooks abound. Vocal harmonies on a Bonamassa record, what?! YES!! (Never Give All Your Heart, Love Ain't A Love Song)

A big part of this album's vibe is tight rhythm section. The brass section gives the album a real upbeat flavor, even if the lyrics are often about heartbreak, etc (it's still a blues record). This is a welcome change of pace for me. Rather than layer after layer of Les Paul through Marshall amp playing minor key numbers, this album has a brightness and upbeat energy lacking on Joe's previous releases. Still plenty of minor key playing, but the chorus sections in all the songs are so catchy that they don't drag you down.

Let's thank Joe for continually striving to expand musically and leave no stone unturned. He is growing and changing and not content to rest on his laurels and accomplishments. Unfortunately this isn't the norm in the blues-rock genre, with some who seem content to rehash the same-old, same-old. This is NEW music.

I just hope they can pull these songs off live, with the brass section included and vocal harmonies included as these are essential to the feel of these songs.

In summary, tight, crisp, not over-played, not over-produced. A new blues record that doesn't retread the same old, same old. Not a bad track on the disc.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DJH83 on September 23, 2014
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Joe Bonamassa takes a turn in his music career with this album. Obviously it has been noted that this is the first album that consisted of all original material that Joe wrote himself. But besides no cover songs, there are also noticeable differences in this album as well. Joe's guitar is still a force, and his solos are blistering as always, but the band around him is equally great. It used to be that Joe's albums relied heavily on him unleashing fury on his guitar, and the focal point was the guitar itself. Much of this was because Joe wasn't surrounded by world class talent when he first started out. But now he has a whole ensemble that can go note for note with him, and the albums other instruments are given almost as much attention as the guitar. This album relies heavily on horns, saxophones, a greater spotlight on Anton's drumming, and keyboards (played by new keyboardist Derek Sherinian). Many of the songs also use back-up singers, very often Joe isn't the only one singing on a song. Another noticeable difference are the songs seem to be catchier and have hooks that are repeated (which in the past he seemed to avoid), which kind of gives the album a "pop genre" feel to it as well. And normally I'm not a fan of pop ballads that have a chorus that is repeated, but in this album I didn't mind it. In the end, although different, I enjoyed my walk down a different path with Joe Bonamassa's new album.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Heath TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2014
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I have listened to and reviewed Joe Bonamassa’s entire catalog starting with A New Day Yesterday. However, he and noted producer Kevin Shirley are not out of new ideas. Different Shades of Blue is fresh and expertly delivered. Bonamassa’s band for this album is filled with familiar faces: Anton Fig (drums), Reese Wynans (keys), Carmine Rojas and Michael Rhodes (bass), Lenny Castro (percussion), Lee Thornburg (trumpet), and Doug Henthorn and Melanie Williams (background vocals). This is also Bonamassa’s first set of original songs since his sophomore album So It’s Like That, but that is about all that those two albums have in common.

For me Different Shades of Blue as an album divides into two parts with roughly half of the songs making heavy use of a horn section led by Thornburg. The songs with horns (“Love Ain’t A Love Song”, “Living On The Moon”, “Heartache Follows Wherever I Go”, “I Gave Up Everything For You, ‘Cept The Blues”, and “Trouble Town”) have a swinging, Memphis/Chicago feel to them. The remainder are more rock oriented ranging from the driven “Oh Beautiful” to the ballad “So, What Would I Do”. The contrast in styles brings balance to the album, and it keeps the album from falling into a rut.

Here are some things to listen for as you enjoy Bonamassa’s new masterpiece. The structure of “Oh Beautiful!” is unusual. The vocals are often without instrumental backing followed by all-out jams. Bonamassa let’s loose on his solo in a new way that feels liberating. I thought that “Love Ain’t A Love Song” almost had a Dave Matthews Band feel with the sax and organ play. The standout performer (aside from Bonamassa) is Reese Wynans.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Luis Castro Jr. on September 23, 2014
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The first & second song Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)/Oh Beautiful have a Led Zeppelin feel to it with a Jimi Hendrix beginning. They have different segments that compliment each other like his song The Ballad of John Henry but with more variety. These are my favorite songs from the CD because they sound like they belong together as one song. And of course these songs are surrounded with Joe Bonamassa's Classic Rock influenced and at times Joe B's signature speed licks.

Get Back My Tomorrow has an Eric Claptonish beat and guitar playing to it. As a matter of fact I would not mind hearing Eric Clapton perform this song to hear how his version would sound.

Love Ain't a Love Song has excellent rhythm guitar, Vocals, and lead guitar arrangements. This song does not sound like anyone else but Joe Bonamassa. The same with Living on the Moon. These two songs are the most original sounding songs on the CD.

Different Shades Of Blue is a lighter sounding CD than Joe Bonamassa's Driving Towards Daylight but nevertheless an excellent Blues Rock CD.

The best lead guitar playing on the CD could be heard on Heartache Follows Wherever I Go. Pure unadulterated Joe Bonamassa lead playing.

It comes as no surprise that Joe Bonamassa's work reminds us of classic rocks' all time best guitar players since he was heavily influenced by them and it shows. The Vocals of Joe Bonamassa have always impressed me on all his CD's and they are clear and steady on Different Shades Of Blue.
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