Two great musicians - Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa - coming together. Sometimes collaborations work, sometimes they don't, for a whole variety of reasons. There are the obvious partnerships that I've enjoyed (Eric Clapton and BB King is a great example), where I've wanted the music to carry one, and I've wondered what else did they record and what happened to the rehearsal tapes. There are others which are just self indulgent, ego massages for both parties, that I've listened to and discarded.
This one works, Hart's voice and vocal phrasing complemented by Bonamassa's stellar guitar playing, whether slide or not. The opening of the opening track should help you decide whether you are going to like this or not - a bluesy slide guitar opening up and introducing Hart's smokey vocals. Her vocal power continues throughout the album, with hints of Joplin to her phrasing and delivery.
It's a great album, and one that I'm really enjoying. I was fascinated to read someone here complain about the sound quality - there's nothing wrong on my copy, so I can only hope he's sorted it out to enjoy this stunning album.