English blues rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor starts her fourth studio album with "Mud, Honey". Even if Joanne's singing has become better and better in recent years because she has become more mature and soulful, she still impresses more than an extraordinary guitarist. Her stroke is hard and her solos come crisp and fluid from the hip. That sounds like a mix of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Rory Gallagher on exactly the same high level as these two deceased guitar heroes. Live she has been one of the best blues rock acts for years. Last year's live work "Songs From The Road" gave you an approximate idea about that. Like their debut "White Sugar" (2008), "The Dirty Truth" was again produced by Jim Gaines in Memphis and convinces with a rockier orientation than on the previous studio CDs. One flaw of the album, however, is that it leaves the mouths open in the rocky uptempo songs, but sounds rather interchangeable in the quieter blues pieces.
Top track: Mud, Honey