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  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B007S66MKG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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The Louisiana slide wizard's 11th album is something completely different, his first all-instrumental outing and his most adventurous work to date. Elemental Journey features guest stars handpicked by Landreth himself, including Joe Satriani who delivers an astonishing solo on track one, and Eric Johnson. The album blossoms with unexpected yet seamless juxtapositions with Spanish atmospherics enwrapped with visceral bursts of rock and jazz, along with Jamaican inspired grooves and Zydeco romancing classical.

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It's taken me a long time to get around to reviewing this album, and that's because it's taken me an awful long time to get around to enjoying this album. If you're a newcomer to Sonny Landreth's music then I don't suggest you start here. Begin with South of I-10 or Levee Town (Remastered + Bonus Disc)to best experience the intensely complex interweaving of slide-guitar, southern sounds and philosophical lyrics - or try From The Reach for a more commercial collection with plenty of superstar guest appearances.

Elemental Journey is an entirely different experience. It feels like an album for people who are already intimately acquainted with Sonny's sublime style of Strat-slide, for whom the familiar flourishes and complex fingerwork elicit echoes of much-loved melodies. And it's entirely instrumental which is more than a little challenging at times - without the firm ground of lyrics to guide the listener towards the core of each composition. Rather than the songwriter sharing (baring) his soul in obvious fashion, the instrumental demands rather more of the listener. The tracks become open far more to personal interpretation, so pretty much you get out what you put in. Having said that, I deeply missed the moments of perfection which have graced all of Sonny's previous albums, where words met music in an ideal instant and fused into that magical thing... no matter how good the music on this album, it has to make do without those instants of pure poetry.
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By J. M. Green VINE VOICE on 31 May 2012
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I cannot believe that it's been 4 years since the last outing from the slidemaester - which in itself had been a relatively long time coming....but then I guess quality cannot be rushed!
So what have we got here then? One neat little package of instrumentals which, in view of who is helping out, doesn't surprise one bit but, make no mistake, this sound could have been generated by no other exponent of the slide guitar! Beautiful in it's sound and crisp in it's delivery, it will tickle the taste buds of afficianados and newbies alike!
Opening with Gaia Tribe, Sonny sets about laying down the foundations for the rest of the album with one Mr Satriani taking up an aggresive duelling role, a track that doubtless will get a lot of airplay on Planet Rock, simply due to Mr S alone - but that would be completely wrong as this album is all about Sonny and the different kinds of music that have influenced his style over the years!
Running on we get Heavy Heart Rising, the title track itself and Opening Sky all clearly showing off the virtuosity of all the musicians involved in making this quality product.
So, well worth the wait - You Betcha! Whatever your taste in music, I think that you will find more than enough here to keep your attention for (hopefully) less than the 4 years it may take before the next album sees the light of day.....!
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I'm thoroughly enjoying getting into this moody, subtle new work from Sonny Landreth. There's a lot going on in the guitar work and a close listen reveals some truly excellent playing. Lots of interesting, diverse keys and orchestration provide plenty of variety and a departure from the stripped-down, three-piece sound on earlier works like "Outward Bound" and "South of I10". Despite the first appearance of a laid-back, almost at times mournful approach, the playing and arrangements are complex and enticing. There's clearly been a great deal of thought concerning the structure of the songs which are more varied than previous instrumental pieces on earlier albums.

The stand-out tracks for me are "Wonderide" and "Elemental Journey". I love the staccato strings in "Wonderide", and the laconic but rocking approach in "Elemental Journey".

It may be that there's no knock-out "Back to Bayou Teche"-style 'hit' on here, but that misses the point. This is a beautiful and mature sound journey which for me really pushes the boundaries of slide playing on a guitar.
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By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 May 2012
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The fact that this is an instrumental album and that Sonny "hand-picked" the guests, Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, tells you all you need to know - this is a self-indulgent album of noodling, albeit well-produced and immaculately played noodling. If this was a sound track album I can see that the tracks would add atmosphere and mood but it isn't and I'm afraid that I found it all pretty boring. Sonny is an amazing slide guitarist, technically brilliant but I need more than just virtuosity - like tunes and feeling and once again I found this all very bland and I felt I'd heard all these sounds and licks before on his other albums.

I originally opted for `Wonderide' as my favourite track as it reminded me a little of my all-time favourite Sonny Landreth track `Zydeco Shuffle' but it seemed to lose its way half way through and fizzle out. So instead I'll go for `Forgotten story' where playing with steel drum player Robert Greenidge is at least trying something different and adding a new sound.
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