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Joe Bonamassa's most accomplished album so far.

The Joe Bonamassa releases just keep coming, making you wonder which is going to dry up first – his audience's enthusiasm for new product, or his creativity. At the moment, listening to 'Different Shades Of Blue', his creativity is at a peak and the quality is sure to keep audiences entertained.

This brand new studio record sees Bonamassa concentrate on writing his own material, the first time one of his solo releases hasn't had a cover version present since 2002's 'So It's Like That.' The quality of the writing on offer here means that the always well executed covers aren't even missed.

The title of the album is a good indication of the contents, with Bonamassa exploring the Blues in all its forms. 'Oh Beautiful!' is dirty Blues Rock, 'Love Ain't A Love Song' is a brilliant, Funk tinged, horns embellished foot tapper, while the shuffling 'Living On The Moon' makes it impossible not to sway to the beat.

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There's a lot of the brass section on this album, which is a big plus for me, and Bonamassa uses it superbly to add colour to the tunes. Their presence on 'Heartache Follows Wherever I Go' reminded me of the great Gary Moore around the 'Cold Day In Hell' period, and the piano on 'Never Give All Your Heart' adds a Bad Company vibe.

The swinging 'I Gave Up Everything For You, 'Cept The Blues' is a textbook example of how good the Blues can be when it's done right. The atmospheric title track is a real grower, as is the stomping 'Get Back My Tomorrow'. Another Funky horns number in the form of 'Trouble Town' sweeps you to the Gospel tinged finale 'So, What Would I Do'. Bonamassa's playing is to the usual exemplary standard and his vocals are excellent throughout.

The album has a cohesive and easy flow, passes by extremely quickly and delivers the goods. As far as I'm concerned, taking control of the writing has resulted in 'Different Shades Of Blue' being Joe Bonamassa's most accomplished album so far.

James Gaden

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