Joe Bonamassa is back for his 13th album, ‘Driving Towards The Daylight’. The album was produced by Kevin Shirley and saw the dynamic duo return to Las Vegas for a back-to-basics album, which was recorded at the same studio as their first joint album, You & Me.
‘ Driving Towards The Daylight’ is definitely the bluesiest album from Bonamassa in the past few years, and is made up of four originals and seven covers.
The album kicks off with the Bonamassa-penned “Dislocated Boy,” a powerful rocker that is sure to become a live favorite.
The first cover is next up, it is a song by Robert Johnson called, “Stones In My Passway,” There is some great measured bottle neck slide guitar going on here, Joe just makes it sound so easy, a very good cover done to a deserving track.
The title-track follows and I feel this is one of the strongest songs Joe has ever written, “Driving Towards The Daylight”, it is just immense, a sure fire hit. Joe has wrote a Blues song for the masses.
Another Cover track next, and this time it is Howling Wolf who get the Bonamassa treatment, with his take on their great track ‘Who’s Been Talkin’. With this track the album really moves into the back-to basics direction Kevin Shirley wanted Joe to explore.
The Bluesy trend continues with a cover of Willie Dixon’s “I Got All You Need”, and Bernie Marsden’s “A Place In My Heart”, An epic track, clocking in at six minutes and 24 seconds, very much in the “Parissiene Walkways” Style of song writing, with some stunning solo work from Joe.
The gears shift back to blues-rock with a killer version of Bill Withers “Lonely Town Lonely Street”
“Heavenly Soul” is a Joe original, with a great folk sounding mandolin hook, swooning vocal and a solo very reminiscent of Jimmy Page.
Next up is a blistering, bluesy take of Tom Waits’ “New Coat Of Paint”, with a massive guitar solo we have come to expect from Joe, and he does not disappoint.
“Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go” is an upbeat and Rockier version of an original Gospel tune, quite how he turns this into an inspired piece of blues-rock is just amazing.
The album closes with another cover track, the Jimmy Barnes classic, “Too Much Ain’t Enough Love,” but this time instead of Joe singing, Jimmy Barnes comes in on vocals, who sings better on this than his own original version.
This album sees Joe return to the blues in a big way, yet it is still accessible to the casual listener who may have only heard the single and title track ‘Driving Towards The Daylight’. This is a stunning piece of work from one of the world’s greatest guitarists, it doesn’t get better than this 10/10
02:Stones In My Passway
03:Driving Towards The Daylight
04:Who’s Been Talking
05:I Got All You Need
06:A Place In My Heart
07:Lonely Town Lonely Street
09:New Coat Of Paint
10:Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go
11:Too Much Ain’t Enough Love (With Jimmy Barnes)