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Wander This World

Jonny Lang Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
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1. Still Rainin'
2. Second Guessing
3. I Am
4. Breakin' Me
5. Wander This World
6. Walking Away
7. The Levee
8. Angel Of Mercy
9. Right Back
10. Leaving To Stay
11. Before You Hit The Ground
12. Cherry Red Wine

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One would think that jumping into the pop-rock marketplace after being branded a blues player might confuse a 17-year-old guitar whiz. No way. Jonny Lang, with the lucid advice of ace producer David Z, understands the role of the blues as solid ground for someone who wants to take flight with intelligent, well-crafted music that has a wide audience. His second album's strengths lie with his gruffly appealing singing voice and his lean, razor-edged guitar phrases. The material is solid, with songs that range stylistically from the ingratiating funk number "I Am" (a hitherto unrecorded David Z and Prince composition), to the it-sure-sounds-like-a-rock-hit "Still Rainin'" (complete with thunderous chords and soulful female backup singers), to a griddle-hot take on the late Chicago blues guitarist Luther Allison's "Cherry Red Wine." All 12 songs are of a piece, tied together by Lang's unassailable musical integrity and his freshness of vision. And R&B master guitarist Steve Cropper is on hand in the Minneapolis recording studio to insure the soulful vibe. --Frank- John Hadley

Review

Lang indulges in some of the hammiest, way-over-cooked vocal contortions heard since the white-blues revival of the late '60s. -- Entertainment Weekly

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Age ain't nuthin' but a number Feb. 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Jonny Lang has it -- whatever it is -- call it musical integrity, roots, passion, feel or a simple and real sense of the song. His age is irrelevant. He had it as a kid and is only getting better and more refined. And his songwriting is just as inspired. I'm a huge fan of the blues and you cannot deny the wondrous blues foundation of Johnny's music. It's in the heart of his performance. No wonder it's so soulful, free-spirited and without any posturing or self-importance. I fell in love with this record on my first play. There's no need to keep Jonny in the traditional 16-bar blues format -- he's got a lot to say and he needs a mosaic of musical styles in which to create. Bravo Jonny! This endorsement comes from a 30-something-year-old singer/songwriter who takes her music very seriously. You have captured my attention and I look forward to all you have to offer now and in the future! You're a breath of much-needed fresh air in this "business" of music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CD that will make you a True Lang Fan Aug. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
A friend gave this CD to me for a birthday present. Since listening to the songs the first time, I have been hooked on Jonny. This CD has everything from Rock/blues, ballads, to Louisana Blues! There is something for everyone. This CD also shows how much this young man is maturing in his talents. A MUST have for anyone that likes good music! It hooked me on this man...and I have no doubt that it will do the same for you!
Walkin' Away, Breakin' Me, Cherry Red Wine, I Am....my very favorites...but ALL are great tunes.
Enjoy your purchase, it's worth every penny!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jonny Keeps Rockin'!! July 8 2002
By Barry
Format:Audio CD
I was so thrilled when I discovered this guy just here recently. I immediatley purchased his excellent "Lie To Me" CD. I was an instant fan. What a talent!. What music!. I rushed to get this CD soon after. I wasn't disappointed. Sure there were things that weren't as good as the previous CD, but there were songs that made up for it. The CD starts off with a great rocking song called "Still Rainin'". This is a song that sounds as if it were written, recorded and released to be a classic. It has all the right ingredients. Great. A stand out track is a slower ballad called "Breakin' Me". This song is worth buying the CD. It is definitley one of the nicest surprises I've encountered in music here lately. A wonderful song. The up tempo songs here are just as good as on "Lie To Me". "Right Back" is just fun. It has a great hook. "Angel Of Mercy" is a jammin' bluesy/rock song. A real great track. The last two songs here are both up tempo rockers. A cover of Luther Allison's "Cherry Red Wine" which is smokin', and the bouncy "Before You Hit The Ground". There are a few tracks here that don't work for me. A cover version of the Prince song "I Am" is a disappointment. It's boring and doesn't really go anywhere. "The Levee" could of been good, but it just loses it and you lose interest. "Second Guessing" has a good, catchy melody, but the rest doesn't live up to how fun the melody is. "Leaving To Stay" is drab, and the title track, "Wander This World", seems to, well, wander. The last good track here is "Walking Away". It sounds like a classic hit song. It has a good hook in the lyric. I like it. As always, Jonny's guitar playing is astounding. He can stand up on stage and play alongside the 'gods of guitars' and easily hold his own and then some. His voice is cool. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kid Blues July 3 2001
By Acnoth
Format:Audio CD
This is an astounding CD from one so young as the 17 year old Jonny Lang. Lang not only gives evidence that he is destined for guitar hero status, but his vocals are amazingly powerful and emotive. His voice sounds like it's got a lifetime of cheap whiskey and cigarettes and second-hand seedy bar smoke behind it, all adding to the illusion of a veteran blues man who's paid his dues to near excess. If it matters to you at all, you'll find it necessary to remind yourself that this is a 17 year old who is singing these mournful songs of woe. In fact, it is best to forget about Lang's age when you listen to this CD (hard as that will be to do when every reviewer - myself included - harps incessantly about his age). There is no way that this middle class white boy can describe the experience of "Wander this World," and for such a youth to put his voice to a meaningful rendition of "Cherry Red Wine" is absurd. Except that it works. "Wander this World" is very believably done, and "Cherry Red Wine" is by far my favourite track on the CD, sung with a growl that magnifies the grief and pathos of the lyrics. Ultimately, once the shock of the realisation of his age passes, you will come to further realise that Lang's age is not an issue. Lang is far removed from a kid with promise. He is now a budding master who has grasped his promise and is getting comfortable with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Blues God In The Making, Hopefully Feb. 25 2001
Format:Audio CD
A drug for your ears, Lang swagger-rocks in a continuing quest towards the best ax slingers in town, a ticket punching-process to the pantheon of blues gods.
Considering the longevity that blues artists must produce for, it's a long ride, surely, but from the hard rocking bluesy mind-blower "Still Rainin'" to the slower anthem "Leave to Stay", his voice is his best hope, and the licks on the guitar are also solid if a mite predictable. Regardless, this man makes it sound like he was born strapped to a Stratocastor, and perhaps he was -- Lang was touring the farms and juke joints in the midwest when he was 14.
"Still Rainin" is the best track on the album, no doubt, and the ballad "Breakin' Me"...
It's hard to imagine that, like an even younger Shannon Curfman, there is something true behind these songs, the smoky knowledge of life that make the older blues gods so intriguing and the songs so powerful. But let's give props to patience, the guy's not even 21.
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5.0 out of 5 stars merci!!
Très bon service , rapide et courtois . . . . . . . . . . . . Merci beaucoup!!!
Frank
Published 16 months ago by francis leclair
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate exploitation of a talent that's not ready for prime time
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. Read more
Published on July 29 2009 by Gerald B. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Put too Much faith in it
This is a classic example of follow-up disc. In this case, the album has gone too much to the producers. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by N. Langston
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply incredible
I never thought I liked the blues until I heard this guy. Simply incredible.
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Marc
3.0 out of 5 stars bad production
Great Lang soulfulness but hard to listen to. Every track is put down at high volume, distorting the dynamics. Half way through you'll lose interest. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Jonny Boy
I've had the pleasure of seeing/hearing Jonny Lang in person, and would like to say that while his facial expressions mirror the face of someone passing a kidney stone, his... Read more
Published on July 30 2003 by Susan DeVries
5.0 out of 5 stars Review From A Non-Blues Expert
I may not know what "real" blues are but this guy has made a musical impression on me. Wow. This is awesome stuff. Read more
Published on May 20 2003 by Armando M. Mesa
5.0 out of 5 stars He's Bluesing!
I've been a Jonny fan for many years now and i still can't get sick of this album. This kid has some raw talent. Read more
Published on April 20 2003 by "bills28"
5.0 out of 5 stars FEEL IT!
If you listen to Jonny sing "Breakin Me", and don't feel it --- you are emotionally challenged! It's odd for me to enjoy Lang's music so much and realize what a gifted talent he... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonny's voice doesn't stop
Through every song, Jonny's voice penetrates into your soul! This CD was the 1st Jonny CD I got, and I have been hooked since. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2002
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