Okay, so I read all the hype and had to give it a listen. It sound's like trouble from day one, you just can't have a kid that young singing the blues. That's the conventional wisdom, but hey, you never know till you actually hear the dude.
Unfortunately it is true.. he is too young. It's not that this CD is bad by any means, in fact it is pretty good. Its very well made and the vocal and instrumental performances are all pretty much top grade. There is a slight problem however.. it's just not real.. it's as phoney as a 3 dollar bill.
It's nothing new for white kids to sing like black bluesmen, Mick Jagger made his fortune from that, but mostly he just sang covers, as tributes to the originals. Mr Lang seems to have completely submerged himself in another persona while singing, and he comes across as a caricature of what he perceives a blues singer to be. This is not his fault, it all comes with being young and inexperienced and foolish. (Thats what being young is). The fault lies with him releasing recordings in the first place. He is obviously a very talented individual, but he should be paying his dues, not ringing up the cash register. There are foundations that must be laid and years of preparation before releasing your work to the masses.
I for one will be eagerly awaiting what Mr Lang has to offer in years to come, once he has matured to the point of being taken seriously. Until that time he would be better served by not releasing any music, unless he wants to play down to his own level. There's nothing wrong with kids playing pop/punk/whatever. I loved punk with its simplistic purity. It's phoney for 50-60 year old has beens to play kids music, and it's equally phoney for kids to pretend they're adults. To thine own self be true.