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Driving Towards the Daylight

Joe Bonamassa

Label: J&R Adventures

Release Date: May 22, 2012

Review Date: June 10, 2012



In my review of Joe Bonamassa’s recent concert DVD, Joe Bonamassa Beacon Theater Live From New York, I wrote: “Okay, so here’s the deal.  Boomerocity is such a HUGE Joe Bonamassa fan that, by all accounts, every review we post should just read, ‘Love it. Buy it. Now!   This review is no different.” 


What I wrote then holds true now:  Love it. Buy it. Now! 


For you tough ones who need convincing, here it goes. 


Joe Bonamassa is, in Boomerocity’s opinion, the pre-eminent guitarist of this generation.  The young guitar prodigy is well beyond his years in writing, playing and performing and it shows in Driving Towards the Daylight. 


The album has much of the same “hounds of Hell at the crossroads” sound that Bonamassa served up on his last album, Dust Bowl. You get that vibe from the first cut, Dislocated Boy, which is one of the four songs written by Joe.   


Another great Bonamassa written tune is the title track.  It oozes loneliness and desperation like no other song written in recent days.  This tune has already been worthy of infinite slaps of the repeat button, it’s that great.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this tune is picked up in the country charts either as recorded by Joe or recorded by someone like, say, Rascal Flatts. 


A Place in My Heart is another – if not the - Boomerocity favorite.  It sounds as though it might have been a tune written for the album he did with Beth Hart, Don’t Explain and could’ve easily segued into or out of I’d Rather Go Blind.  For that matter, I’d betcha a dollar to a Krispy Kreme donut (glazed and fresh out of the oven) that Sir Joe seques this song into Gary Moore’s Still Got The Blues (for You) during at least one live performance. If it does, I sure hope that it makes it onto his next concert DVD . . . or, at least, shows up on YouTube (hint, hint). 


While much could be written about each and every song on the album, that would take all the fun away.  However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredible treatment given to the Jimmy Barnes song (co-written Boomerocity friend, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon, Randy Jackson and Tony Brock).  Oh, and Barnes provides the vocals on the tune, as well. All I can say is, “amazing”! 


Oh, something else I can say, too: Love it. Buy it. Now!




Written by Randy Patterson
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