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Moore back to his Best!
on 15 March 2001
Gary Moore is back with his best blues/rock album since Still Got The Blues... but maybe this Back To The Blues is even better?
Having been more experimental with his last 2 albums, Dark Day In Paradise and A Different Beat, this new album is pure blues/rock at its very best.
There are 10 songs, 6 originals.
The album opens with Enough Of the Blues which starts as a very quiet old style Robert Johnson blues before exploding into a loud, driving, typical Gary Moore blues which begs you to turn your hifi up!
Next up is the BB King cover which Gary does very well, You Upset Me Baby is a good song in the style of Since I Met You Baby and Too Tired from the previous After Hours and Still Got The Blues albums. Complete with brass section too, an uplifting blues number!
The next song, an original, Cold Black Night has a nice lyric and good riff. It is a good song with Moore demonstrating his Hendrix style guitar licks in the middle of the song. Alright!
Next up is a highlight for me, showing Moore's skill for creating atmosphere and emotion, Stormy Monday the classic blues song is excellently played. Moore plays some great licks on this song with showing out off like he sometimes tends to do when playing slow paced numbers. In deed the new album has Gary playing more relaxed and focused on hitting the right amount of notes and playing notes not just for the sake of it. He seems to have matured with regards to playing blues!
Ain't Got You is next up and is a cover with good riff, good lyrics. Driving rythmn.. cool!
Picture of the Moon is the 6th track and is penned by Moore, similar to Still Got The Blues and Parisian Walkways. It is a nice ballad, laid back, romantic song, but not quite as good as its 2 big brothers!
Looking Back is next, a rocking number that is good, though nothing special.
The instrumental The Prophet is next, similar to The Loner. An atmospheric song.
The best song of the album How Many Lies is next, a rocking blues with a great riff and excellent lyrics. Moore at his best!
The traditional end of album ballad, this time it is Drowning in Tears, closes the album and is a truly wonderful song. Nice guitar work and at over 9 minutes it is a nice way to close the album.
Overall.... fantastic. After being somewhat disappointed with the previous album, the Back To The Blues comeback is a truly great album. Buy it, play it loud and listen to a guitarist who is at one with this music and his guitar!