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  • Audio CD (10 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RUF
  • ASIN: B00HWN1ZVQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. Can't Keep Living Like This 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Don't call him the 'future of blues'. Enough talk of the 'next big thing'. With second album 'Temptation', British bandleader Laurence Jones has turned his hot-tip potential into fully formed brilliance, and officially graduated from boy-wonder to main man. If you thought Laurence was good in the past, you won't be able to resist 'Temptation'. "This album represents what I'm doing right now," he explains, "and these songs come across like when I play live." 'Temptation' is Laurence's first album for Ruf Records, and the climax of a thrill-ride early career that has barely paused for breath. True, other artists might have more miles on the clock, but the twenty-something bandleader has made the years count, having already released a critically acclaimed debut in 2012's 'Thunder In The Sky' (5/5 from Get Ready To Rock magazine), opened for heavyweights including Walter Trout and Buddy Whittington and won comparisons with Robin Trower from BBC Radio 2. No wonder that label boss Thomas Ruf chased his signature: "All Ruf artists have something exceptional about them, and Laurence will soon be right up there."

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. H. Foster on 12 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Laurence’s debut album was released to considerable acclaim in 2012 and deservedly so. However, that acclaim may have been tempered by the fact this was a very young man right at the start of his career and would he be able to deliver the goods on a consistent basis. Wind the clock forward to March 2014 and Laurence has just released his new album ‘Temptation.’ Any evidence of that common affliction of ‘second album syndrome’ here, unequivocally ‘no’ is my clear answer.
Two years is a snapshot in time but it is evident that Laurence has taken every aspect of his persona to another level within this timeframe. It was obvious from the outset that the young man had a true gift for playing the guitar but here he shows a really grown up understanding of how to use his talent and the instrument to best effect. The spectrum of his playing is expanded significantly and the techniques on display are mightily impressive. Being such a talent it would be easy to make the guitar and Laurence’s ability with it the focus of every song. Throughout the 12 tracks on the album Jones demonstrates the understanding that the guitar and what he can emit from it, is a component of the overall package that he presents. Important of course but not the sole dominant factor. Jones’s song writing has matured significantly too; it is deeper in subject matter and nicely varied. Serious in parts and fun and playful in others. It is however, the voice that for me shows the greatest improvement. Laurence now demonstrates a cool authority in his voice that enables him to tackle songs diverse in nature and tone. It may be just growing up physically or it may be by hard work or a combination of both but the voice is now deep enough to claim the territory when needed, with a nice rasp that is so much a feature of the Blues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kulgan on 17 Mar. 2014
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So, RUF label debut from one of their most recent alumni and a much anticipated release. Thing is, I can't make my mind up about it. certainly, there's no doubting Laurence's playing ability, and I think Mike Zito has shoved his arm down Laurence's throat and pulled up a surprisingly powerful voice; combine that with a multi-Grammy winning rhythm section and guest spots by a couple of legend guitar-slingers and it should be a recipe for a great album.

But somehow I don't feel it. Things start off in fine fettle, with the charging Foolin' Me, but where Move On should echo that, for me it's at least 30s too long and I'm wishing it would, Move On. Walter Trout is on fiery form on the title track, and Aynsley provides some laser sharp licks to Wind Me Up. Summer Breeze is already a "live" staple, but I think It's going to take a "live" show and a few more playings of the album to bed it in for me. It may be that Laurence has made a stellar jump in his game and I'm lagging behind, but on a 2nd or 3rd play-through, aside from the Wind Me Up track, it's almost as if they're reaching for an "American" sound and leaving behind the British roots.

As I said, I can't fault Laurence's singing or playing, the songs are well rounded, the backing band is surely a dream; it should get 5Stars but I can only give 4.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Jones on 7 April 2014
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As good as the first album is, with the release of Temptation, Mr Jones has emphatically stamped his mark as a great artist. His signing for Ruf has given him the chance to broaden his cv, and it is evident he has grasped the opportunity with both of his very talented hands!
Catch him live, buy this album - you will not regret either!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Kelly on 19 April 2014
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Having recently seen Laurence Jones live I would thoroughly recommend him.This album is better than the first one from him and shows what an amazingly accomplished guitarist he is. some go on about how good he is for his age but he is just blisteringly good,irrespective of any age tag and better than a lot of big time guitar players around. In a way it is a pity that he missed the guitar hero era of the 1970s as he would have cleaned up and made zillions of bucks. He may still do, as I feel that his more appreciative audiences may be in the USA. if you like a good guitar lick you'll like this album. For my money he is in his element playing live at small gigs though,so if you can catch him, go see him whilst you can.

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Wow track one Boom, can't stop playing it!!! Thought he sounded his age on his first album, but like the album cover his sounds grittier. Wind me up and Temptation are great tracks and you can hear Walter and him battling it out on the solos. Seen him 4 times live, all very different, best was at Leamington Spa near to where he's from. Can't wait for the new album... It’s great when you discover a new artist who's young, fresh, local that you can talk to follow and keep as your very own. It's never happened to me before discovering LJ. I was desperately searching for new guitar bands, but ended up back tracking rock bands from the 70's. Discovered Joe Bonamassa, but he's been about for a while now. So I can say with conviction I'm a big fan of LJ, watching his every move as he grows, long may he continue with a long career...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Prog Pensioner on 26 Jun. 2014
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Some good range of blues rock tracks indicating a growing talent. Laurence is an accomplished guitarist and will continue to benefir as he matures with age
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