Driving Towards the Daylight

Album Review of Driving Towards the Daylight by Joe Bonamassa.

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Driving Towards the Daylight

Joe Bonamassa

Driving Towards the Daylight by Joe Bonamassa

Release Date: May 22, 2012
Record label: J&R Adventures
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, American Trad Rock

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Driving Towards the Daylight - Excellent, Based on 2 Critics

Rolling Stone - 100
Based on rating 5/5

Blues rock is no Twitter-style genre – decades after U.K. guitarists reimagined American plaints as expansive showpieces, it's still best when practitioners stretch out. A couple of tracks on Bonamassa's 13th LP nod to Howlin' Wolf and Robert Johnson. But he excels on longer pieces like the title song, where his exacting singing blends with fiery symphonic playing.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

He'll never be the new Stevie Ray Vaughan, but at the rate blues-rock (emphasis on the latter) guitarist Joe Bonamassa is going, he can take a stab at being the next Gary Moore. Like the Irish guitarist, Bonamassa is influenced by the British blues-rockers more than the Americans they lifted their licks from. He's also just as prolific; this is his thirteenth album in twelve years and that's not including side projects with Black Country Communion and Beth Hart, and DVDs grabbed from his 200-night-a-year road schedule filled with sweaty, high-energy performances.

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