Let's take the conclusion straight away: "Sloe Gin" (2007), "The Ballad Of John Henry" (2009) and "Driving Towards The Daylight" (2012) remain untouched as Bonamassa reference works of "Different Shades Of Blue". Because this year, the 37-year-old really outstanding song monuments are no longer as successful as on the assembly line. This is water to the mills of many a skeptic who believed that things could not go on like this forever. After all, the Bluesrock prodigy has been providing its steadily growing fan base with a new treat almost every twelve months since 2009. The guitarist and singer has now taken a full two years for his eleven new titles, which - premiere - are exclusively self-composed material (although in collaboration with various renowned songwriters). Different Shades Of Blue", which is reminiscent of Bonamassas reduced early days, was recorded once again with and by Kevin Shirley in the legendary Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas. It goes without saying that the maestro with Reese Wynans (keys), Carmine Rojas and Michael Rhodes (bass) as well as Anton Fig and Lenny Castro (drums) was supported by absolute experts. Friends of Joe's unique game, his brilliant sound and his noble sounds will get their money's worth here. "Blues Deluxe" is what it is. However, Bonamassa does not reach the absolute, self-established exception class with his eleventh album. The exception compositions are simply missing in the width. "Get Back My Tomorrow", the "Never Give All Your Heart" which reminds of "Child In Time", the lyrical title song and the melancholic ending "So, What Would I Do" at least knock at the door of this high category.
Top track: Different Shades Of Blue