Natural light, the new album by the great Eric Bibb is as strong as his previous efforts and produced once again by his longtime bassist Dave Bronze. Eric's voice and guitar playing shines all over whether he's doing a solo acoustic number as in Champagne habits and the beautiful Lucky man' rag where is joined by a wasboard player, or in the full band numbers such as the cover of the sixties Jackie wilson hit Higher and Higher. Other personal favorites include the jazzy Home lovin' man where Janne Petersson's piano really stands out, the gospel of Right on time which will be a concert highlight and Tell Riley,a song about Bukka White and his cousin Riley B.(B.)King.There's even a guest appearence by Hubert Sumlin(the late Howlin Wolf'guitarist)who plays a solo on Too much stuff.Most of the songs are self-penned by EB with wise storytelling and witty lyrics but there are some covers tastefully arranged including Randy Newman' ballad Every time it rains. Definitely an excellent cd from an extremely talented artist. If you get the chance a Bibb concert is highly recommended.
Eric Bibb is at the forefront of the 21st Century blues revival which is currently sweeping the land. His unique blend of mississippi blues, country, gospel and jazz leaves the listener feeling both uplifted and refreshed. The consistency and stength of the material on this album is amazing. Standout tracks, such as 'Champagne Habits', 'Higher and Higher' and 'Too Much Stuff' really push the boundaries of where acoustic blues can go, giving it a relevance and conviction not heard since the early pioneers of the blues. Successfully blending acoustic, electric, dobro guitars and piano with more contemporary sounding drum loops and samples to create a backdrop for his superb, velvety vocals, Bibb creates an atmosphere of almost prophetic passion and sincerity.
What can one say?? This album is Eric Bibb at his very best. Definately my number one for the desert island! There are so many different tones and moods throughout that make it a very interesting album that would appeal to music lovers everywhere. It varies from the very upbeat - "Tell Riley"(dedicated to BB King), to the very mellow and sad_ "So Sorry", Every time it rains" and "Circles". "Right On Time" deserves a special mention. Eric has a thing about always including a cover version of someone else's song as the end track and this is no different - Jackie Wilson's 1967 hit - "Higher and Higher is superbly covered by him. There ain't a bad track on this CD - so what are you waiting for - rush out and buy it!!!