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A cd of two halves. Half of the music makes good listening, the other half is either Beth trying to force her voice to sing songs that she just aint suited to or Joe having an over indulgent ego trip. So a shame really, but what is really dissapointing is the poor sound production, it’s to smooth and too bassy that’s not right either. I really enjoyed listening to Black Coffee, a great track, and Joy and a couple of other tracks, but some of the filler tracks are dire, Saved for example needs to be reserved for someone with passion, not just churned out with no respect. Top of the world, should have been shelved, again not a song for Beth. She has a limited character of voice and she needs to recognise those limits, which would pay dividends in the long term. In summary, a cd to pick your tracks from.
I discovered Beth a few years ago, each album i have purchased gets better the more you listen, this one is no different. Great songs, brilliant musicians, Joe Bonamassa is incredible and anyone who knows of Beth Hart you know theres no one like her, what a voice. How come hardly anyone I tell about her, has heard of her , she should be huge. Can,t wait for April when I eventually get to see her live. There is no one out there can get the emotion into the music like she does.
There have been some less than favourable reviews of this release. Some reviews have stated that Beth's voice has limitations. There have also been reviews that Joe has been self indulgent on some of the tracks. I hope in my review will be able to dispel those less than favourable reviews. If any of the less than favourable reviewers have any of Beth's releases, they will hear a voice that is not only expressive but has the ability to sing softly, but can then soar to the rooftops. As for Joe being self indulgent, well that is so far from the truth. Ofcourse, there are tracks that Joe has the lead with his guitar. There is also the big band instruments, which are sublime. This release is more full on than their other release Don't Explain.
After producing 2 brilliant albums full of blood sweat and tears and more. Then a fabulous live album. I wasn't sure if we would hear these two record together again but here we are. I must admit, I think the slower stuff has the edge on this album as it suits Beth's voice better and gives the right opportunity for Joe to let loose. If you haven't heard this album and just trying to get a bit of advice like I like to do just buy it and make up your own mind. You won't go wrong.
Once again another great collaboration by Beth and Joe. I have their dvd live in Amsterdam and the Don't Explain album, great music, and Black Coffee is equally good. Tracks 3, 7 and 9 are my favourites. Highly recommended to add to your repertoire of Bona massa and Hart collection. Have tickets to see Beth at Cardiff this April, my first time seeing her live. Am sure will be as brilliant as recorded stuff.
Individually these two are really tasty. Both have established careers over some years now. Then there's when they get together, that's when they absolutely catch fire. This is the third album these arsonists have collaborated on. Does this make them recidivists? Hell yes, and why the hell not! Powerful songs from a powerful bunch of cohorts, there's no playing this album quietly, or the previous two come to think of it.
A little disappointing. First few songs spoiled by over loud horn section and backing vocals drowning out the actual artists. A throw back to the dreaded A&R men of the late sixties who knew how to ruin many a good singer or band with the same technics! This CD deserves a remix with Beth and Joe front and centre.
I prefer all my other Beth Hart solo albums. J B ,however is all about technical skills , whereas Beth supplies the soul, guts and passion. He doesn't take away as such, but then again doesn't add much either. I've got eleven Beth albums,so these are purely add- ons to me. I will edit this and other JB collaborations should my views change.