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  • Audio CD (20 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Provogue Records
  • ASIN: B00LCFGF10
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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GRAMMY-nominated guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa releases his first studio album since 2012 and the first album of his career to feature all original material. The result is a record with more of an experimental edge than previous Bonamassa records. It’s a blues record that explores the outer reaches and the many different sounds that shape the genre.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album. So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album,” said Bonamassa. “I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years.”

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By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
I have been an avid collector of JB's material for some years now and have to say I found the more recent solo releases a tad boring. Not bad, just a bit predictable and "safe". This album (I have only heard the download version so can't comment on packaging) helps dispel any doubts I may have had. From the Zeppelin-esque "Oh Beautiful" through the funky "Living on the moon" to the more traditional slow blues of "So what would I do" Bonamassa shows a grasp of the many and various forms of the blues which after all is what the album title suggests. His guitar playing in all styles is immaculate and I have to say his voice has acquired a timbre and soulfulness that I haven't heard before. Backed up by an excellent core of players - the horn section especially works well - JB has returned with a fine record, up there with his best.
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By R. Muir TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Since establishing himself as a premier blues rock live performer with a solid run of studio releases behind him Joe Bonamassa has been the model of consistency.

Live, there is no questioning the American guitarist's six-string talents and his solo albums, including the excellent Sloe Gin and The Ballad of John Henry, have always featured a covered blues classic or five as well as a smattering of top-line, original material.

Different Shades of Blue however brings more to the table than any previous Joe Bonamassa release because it breaks that old, new and borrowed blues mould.

Other than a shortened instrumental take on the Jimi Hendrix number 'Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),' Bonamassa's eleventh studio offering contains nothing but all-new material and each and every song stands strong.
There are a number of colours, not just shades, to this album's palette including trademark Bonamassa blues rock, a little blues funk and a few musical statements that give a nod to the guitarist's British & Irish blues and rock guitar influences.

Prior to the album's release Bonamassa stated that he felt he owed it to the fans after ten albums and fourteen years to deliver an album's worth of all-new tunes.
Perhaps, but quite frankly he also owed it to himself - it was high time Joe Bonamassa showcased those highly respected and in demand blues rock talents with an album of all-original material.

Different Shades of Blue is not just that album; it's also Joe Bonamassa's best solo offering to date.

That statement of intent to deliver is made early, and in some style.
'Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)' heralds the arrival of 'Oh Beautiful,' one of Bonamassa's most powerful songs.
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This is perhaps one of the better composed contemporary hard blues albums. The album works as a whole, which is increasingly rare, and is in my view evidence of the resurgence of the blues genre. In Bonamassa's opus this album stands out insofar as it leaves no stone unturned in the search of his own limitations, unlike previously, Joe Bonamassa here takes every opportunity to break out of his routines and formulaic thesaurus of licks and find a new way to speak through his guitar. The vocals are improving, but ar in my view not the focus of this album, this is evidenced most strongly wit the son "Oh beautiful, that uses vocals merely to frame the much larger and more emphasized instrumental core of the song.

"Oh Beautiful" transcends the typical blues genre form, but stays blues at its core - it thus succeeds in widening the scope of what a blues song can be. Blues is generally among the more conservative genres when it comes to song form, and Bonamassa here exhibited quite the inventive genius, much in the spirit of Stravinsky's notion of creative freedom within strict limitations.

This is merely one of the songs in this amalgamation of moods traditionally communicated in blues, and as I stated this album works as a whole, but a whole of autonomous parts - in this it is a true testament to our times, where old genres are reforming and reshaping, but framed as anthologies, true to the original, histories. However, where other blues artist perceive blues as a crystallized form of twelve-bar parts, and lost love lyrics or "por me" autobiographical testaments, Joe Bonamassa just broke free and, in my opinion began anew chapter in the story of blues. Mch like the Englishmen of the late sixties once did, he framed a slightly new visage of blues, weaving from folklore and "horses mouth" musical traditions his own musical tapestry in different shades of blue.
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I'm going to say it right off, this is probably the best blues / rock album since Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble released 'In Step' in 1989!
There have been many great blues and blues rock guitar players since SRV died in 1990 but none of them have written any particular notable body of new blues songs to add to the genre, hence the reason so many artists cover the existing catalogue of blues songs. If this album was one song better (I would have preferred an alternative to 'Oh Beatiful') I would have given it 5 stars. Joe clearly demonstrates how the blues and the 'attitude' of the blues can be used to produce excellent new songs, the brilliant 'I gave up,everything for you 'cept the blues', is sassy and lyrically clever as is 'Living on the Moon'. Joe's collaboration with other songwriters has elevated the overall quality of his writing and the fantastic 'Never give all your Heart' co-written with Jonathan Cain has inflections of Bad Company and one of Cain's excellent past bands 'The Baby's'. Every other song on offer is outstanding and what's more Joe's guitar playing has literally gone through the roof. Joe's playing is tasteful and toneful with wonderful 'note choice' neither over or underplayed and his singing has never been better. I hope we don't have to wait another 25-years for another blues rock album as good as this.
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