While some of Moore's previous blues efforts were overpowered by Moore's tendency to slip into "heavy metal/hard rock-blues playing" (or overplaying), on "Power Of The Blues" Moore has finally learned how to harness his blues prowess. Moore shows tremendous restraint in his playing on this album. Possessed by the spirits of Fleetwood Mac era Peter Green & Bluesbreakers era Clapton, Moore channels the previously mentioned greats into his own unique style of electric blues. Two words come to mind in describing Moore's guitar playing, "killer tone". Any guitar player knows what I'm talking about. Green had it, Clapton had it, Page had it, Gary Moore "has" it. Moore's playing on "I Can't Quit You Baby" literally slays Zeppelin's version. And although the previous statement borders on blasphemy for some, I stand by it.
Yes, Gary is not the greatest vocalist; but he can hold his own. Yet that's not the point. When it comes to the blues, the combination of vocals and guitar emanating from the same musician is what it's all about. In that regard Moore finally has come into his own on this album.
This release will not disappoint any Gary Moore fan.
For any newcomers to Gary's music, "Power Of The Blues" is an excellent place to start.