Compared to his famous first album 'Naturally", this album is much more coherent in style; which is more sparse, more soulful. The intimacy of the first is allopver the place; the songs are less minitures of guitarplaying, and more structured.
For those who haven't heard of the great man; his guitar playing influenced Mark Knopfler (heavily) and Eric Calption (although he denies it now). JJ Cale humsings & his songs are Americana avant-la-lettre; a mixture of Country & Blues,with a dash of Folk, Jazz and Soul, without becoming too 'arty'or intellectual, firmly bedded in the great pool of American musisc
Not knowing what to expect I bought this album on the acquaintance of 'Easy Living'. But the album has more good solid hard rock songs, although mosthave a lesser tempo than 'Easy Living'. What struck me most is the warm, catching sound of the album, without much editing, overlaying, overproducing. Here's a band that 'got it together'. Nothing outrageously rocking, screaming or bonking, no whimsical balladry; but great songs, never over the top.
The lyrics however are strictly "Fantasy" and concern demons, knights, wizzards and lots of 'wisdom'. They don't entice me, but they're no album killer either.
Bonus tracks add little; one or two good tracks in line with the album.
I am not a hardcore fan of Mr. Ludlum - this is my second reading. As he's hugely popular, he must do something right. The Tristan Betrayal has an interesting plot - American spies setting the Germans to attack Russia during WWII. This is a very imaginative idea of Mr. Ludlum. The book is an easy read, with enough cliffhangers and the right tempo.
What spoils it for me is the lovestory that is woven into it, plus the "classic" American hero who gets shot, hurt an trapped numerous times, but always manages to come on top. This makes this book read like a Hollywood movie and instantly Tom Cruise springs to mind. Also, I found the main character sometimes a little stupid/naive and not always… Read more