Wander This World
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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
although in many ways a tremendous accomplishment musically, no match to "Lie to Me" - personal tastePublished 9 months ago by Rolandontheriver
Très bon service , rapide et courtois . . . . . . . . . . . . Merci beaucoup!!!
This is a classic example of follow-up disc. In this case, the album has gone too much to the producers. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by N. Langston
I never thought I liked the blues until I heard this guy. Simply incredible.Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Marc
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 morePublished on Aug. 5 2003
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 morePublished on July 30 2003 by Susan DeVries
I may not know what "real" blues are but this guy has made a musical impression on me. Wow. This is awesome stuff. Read morePublished on May 20 2003 by Armando M. Mesa
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 morePublished on April 20 2003