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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 333 Records
  • ASIN: B00DHCPX82
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  4. Hard to Love You 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Muzzle 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Riot City [Explicit] 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Shotgun Venus 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
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The fifth album from fiery guitarist Stephen Dale Petit, Cracking The Code is a sizzling collection that delivers eleven all original songs with raw assurance. Recorded at Nashville's storied Blackbird Studio with three time Grammy award winner Vance Powell (for Jack White's The Raconteurs, Buddy Guy and Jars Of Clay) the music is both sonically adventurous and highly addictive. Petit’s legendary prowess with a Gibson guitar has earned him accolades from the likes of Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood and here is turned to the service of deftly crafted, lyrically rich songs which Petit sings with searing passion and melodic grit. Musical guests Dr John, The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, Rolling Stone Mick Taylor and Chris Barber join forces with Petit’s impossibly young band (average age 20) and the album also features the last music ever made by Howlin’ Wolf’s master guitarist Hubert Sumlin, recorded days before his death. Though strong characters all, the guests never overshadow proceedings; as the UK’s premier Classic Rock magazine pronounced: “Trowelling on the stardust doesn’t always work, but this sounds as ****ing great as you’d imagine”. Highlights include the strutting irresistible opener “Holla” (with Messrs. Taylor, Sumlin and Carney) and “Wonder”, a fresh take on sexual desire that boasts one of the best guitar solos of the decade. The giant swampy riff of “Get You Off” (Dr John and Sumlin) is complimented by the incendiary swagger of “Muzzle” and “Riot City” whilst the filthy blues quotient is raised to fever pitch on the menacing “Slideway”, sung in full blues howl and brandishing a new language in guitar solos. “Shotgun Venus”, a hard charging hat tip to Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” was co-written with Cream lyricist Pete Brown. Like hidden gems, acoustic “My Friend Bob” and tribute-in-song “Hubert’s Blues” (Taylor, Dr John and Chris Barber) display a finesse and lightness of touch that add a depth reminiscent of timeless great rock albums. Or as Classic Rock magazine would have it: “A killer album. Hats off.”

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By SAM on 10 Dec. 2013
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I love this! Finally a modern blues album with proper songs instead of just blues scaffolding to riff over.
I haven't stopped listening to it since I bought it in September. The guitar sizzles throughout in new and wonderful ways, the melodies and lyrics are f***ing brilliant and Petit sings with super cool edge and passion.
The album throws a few sucker punches - futuristic soul song "Hard to Love You" seques into a blues metal fake-out intro, cleverly setting you up to positively melt into "Heartbreak" while "Muzzle"s ear-worm riff scorches and strafes, embedding it's sinister GCHQ-eque "there are things that you never should know" refrain deep in your psyche. "Slideway" is what blues SHOULD sound like in 2013 - the guitar & vocal pairing are simply incredible. "My Friend Bob" followed by album closer "Hubert's Blues" are the album's chill out room, where you catch your breath before going back for more. This is a stonking great album, I couldn't recommend it more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2013
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SDP has always been a very accomplished guitarist and a more than decent vocalist but on this album he has turned everything up to 11 and produced a rocking great slab of muscle. Although the album sounds bang up to date musically it harks back to the early 70s glory days of guitar driven rifferama. Sure there are some excellent guest artists on here but the driving force is Petit, his Gibson and his dirty drawling vocals. Think early ZZ Top with a decent dose of Rory Gallagher and you won't go far wrong. This is a glorious noisy blast of a record. Highly recommended.
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By Mr. Tj Payton on 8 Jun. 2014
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If you are considering buying this album on the back of hearing Holla on the Uncut free disc then be careful. Whilst Holla is tremendous strutting rock supported by Black Keys, the remainder of the album is uninspired American AOR with dodgy lyrics and no panache.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FastHand on 27 Oct. 2013
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You know when you're glad you've bought an album albeit for one track, then this is one of those albums. It's predominately a rock album that does'nt flow very well and there are snippits of guitar playing which makes you think this could be very good, but it does'nt progress. As another reviewer said and I agree it's a bit of a mish mash. That aside "Aproximately perfect Heartbreak" is a great blues, yes Blues number. It starts with the guitar turned up to full volume and crackles as if it's soul is trying to burst out, hence the title Approximately perfect Heartbreak. The second half of the track finishes with just the Hammond organ playing. Yes a super track. This should really be a much better album especially as it includes guests Hubert Sumlin and Mick Taylor on guitar which promted me to buy it in the first place. It really does'nt do them any justice.
I'm glad I got the album simply for that one track but I don't think I would play it again. A pity as I'm sure Stephen Dale Petit is very talented.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blackisleboy on 11 Oct. 2013
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This has got to be one of the worst CDs I have purchased. I have previously never heard of SDP and based on this mish mash of music I hope never to hear of him again. If their is one saving grace and I use the word IF tongue in cheek Track 5 Approximately Perfect Heartbreak sums up perfectly how I feel about this effort.
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