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A class act with a very classy album.

He continues to gently confound. Jonny Lang has grown up in public, garnered award nominations and gongs and produced chart-friendly but funky and Rocky fare, he then goes and drops 'Signs'.

Speaking to him recently, he showed gratitude for a fanbase that will allow him to follow his musical heart. That is much in evidence here because this release feeds back to a love of old style Blues, starting gun 'Make It Move' hammering a box beat and teasing sounds from grimy guitars, but when he visits the Delta, he never does it without a huge dollop of Soul; even the slow, heartfelt title track has a chorus which is aching with sixties Dusty Springfield beauty.

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However. he never forgets we have a booty to shake too, and so he provides the simple, accessible sashay of 'What You're Made Of' with squiggling organ, Falsetto wails and both bump and grind, alongside the almost mawkish Womack & Womack syncopated feel of 'Stronger Together', while the deep groove and insistent riff of 'Into The Light' even touches Lenny Kravitz, the revivalist chorus enfolding you.

He can also still do those big chart burners as well, see the smouldering 'Bitter End' and bruised simplicity of 'Bring Me Back Home'. Jonny Lang is a class act with a very classy album; he knows where he's going but never forgets where he's been... he sees the Signs.

Steve Swift

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