The cover brings back memories of Kraftwerk's "Computerwelt", which is certainly wanted. Based almost exclusively on analog equipment, "Hardware" is an electronic album of the old school. Agent Side Grinder juggling with New Wave, EBM and Kraftwerk.
The former blues prodigy Jonny Lang is now 32 years old and a father of four. "Fight For My Soul" is his first studio work in seven years. Not much remained of the euphoria of the first albums "Smokin'" (1995), "Lie To Me" (1997) and "Wander This World" (1998) on his so far last work "Turn Around" (2006). The songs didn't work anymore and at his instrument he seemed to step on the spot. "Fight For My Soul" has at least much more conclusive songs that make you forget for a moment what a great guitarist Jonny Lang is. And that's the crux, nothing against good old-school R&B numbers with a pinch of swinging jazz like "We Are The Same" that remind you of Stevie Wonder in the middle years, but there might be more to come. Because where is the typical bleeding long guitar? She seldom howls, remains song-serving throughout. Live he manages the balancing act and lets himself go for a few minutes. Why he didn't give his new songs this air to breathe in the studio remains incomprehensible.
Top track: We Are The Same