I have to say it's nice to have Trower back to his power blues self. Not that I didn't enjoy "Seven Moons" or "What Lies Beneath" but Trower is at his best for me when he's able to stick to the straight blues. I believe this is where he's most comfortable. I love all these classic tunes and to hear Robin's modern take on them is a breath of fresh air.
This albums production reminds me of a couple of my favorite blues albums of the last few years, as the sound is crisp, clean, but yet maintains that "tube" like quality that accents blues music so well. I can tell that a ton of effort went into making this album sound the way it does. Simple, articulated, warm and dang right old Stratocaster love.
As I stated above, I'm also glad that the POWER BLUES is back. This type of power blues really runs the gamut for me. As at its best the heavy drums and thick guitar makes me pount the table with a rock hard fist...but at it's worst (SRV wannabees) I just shake my head. Fortunately Trower has always had his own sound, and he kills it here. A couple of my faves:
"When I heard your name," Killer. Love the call and response type singing and guitar riffs along with the slight vocal accompaniment. It's also one of the more upbeat songs on the album and the rhythm section brings it deep and heavy.
"That's Alright Mama," A blues shuffle with smokey harmonica and great smooth singing. His guitar solo is great in this one as he kisses the strings with his pick and really gits it on this one.
"Little Red Rooster," A sermon with Trower bringing the guitar and vocals to your face in this classic. The hammer down style really fits and I'm glad he chose to a version of this here. Six minutes of joy.
If you're into what Cyril Lance did a few years back, Greg Allman's Low Country Blues, or any of James Mathus' recent blues albums then you'll dig this. A killer modern blues classic with Trower bringin' it hard and good!