Bloom

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
It's no secret that the time gap between albums by guitarist Eric Johnson is on par with such notorious 'hibernators' as Boston. And the arrival of his fourth all-new studio release, Bloom, was no different, as it appeared nearly nine years after the release of 1996's Venus Isle. Whereas most guitar heroes of the late '80s and early '90s were all about reeling off a zillion notes per second, Johnson was the exception, as he penned songs that saw his guitar supplying the melody where a voice could have been. This 16-track release his second for Steve Vai's Favored Nations label is split into three separate sections -- 'Prelude,' 'Courante,' and 'Allemande' -- which are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
It's no secret that the time gap between albums by guitarist Eric Johnson is on par with such notorious 'hibernators' as Boston. And the arrival of his fourth all-new studio release, Bloom, was no different, as it appeared nearly nine years after the release of 1996's Venus Isle. Whereas most guitar heroes of the late '80s and early '90s were all about reeling off a zillion notes per second, Johnson was the exception, as he penned songs that saw his guitar supplying the melody where a voice could have been. This 16-track release his second for Steve Vai's Favored Nations label is split into three separate sections -- 'Prelude,' 'Courante,' and 'Allemande' -- which are supposedly "grouped together in terms of vibe and style." Highlights include "Summer Jam" which does a splendid job of showcasing his guitar tone, the chicken'-pickin' ditty "Tribute to Jerry Reed," and the almost Steely Dan-esque "Magnetized." If you like your sounds raw and gritty and music off-the-cuff, Bloom isn't the place for you. But for die-hard fans, Johnson delivers once more, as all his trademarks are well represented -- chops, tone, and extremely fluid playing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Favored Nations
  • UPC: 690897251021
  • Catalog Number: 2510
  • Sales rank: 12,305

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Johnson Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Sitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Classical Guitar, Electric Sitar, fender rhodes, Lap Steel Guitar
Adrian Legg Guitar, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Shawn Colvin Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Roscoe Beck Bass
Tal Bergman Drums
Tom Brechtlein Drums
Brad Evilsizer Percussion
James Fenner Percussion
Chris Maresh Bass, Double Bass, Acoustic Bass
Tony Phillips Synthesizer, Drums
Tommy Taylor Percussion, Drums
Jody Lazo Background Vocals
Richard "Hacksaw" Harney Piano
Steve Barber Piano, Vocals
Bill Maddox Drums, Drum Loop
Tom Burritt Percussion
Lisa Tingle Background Vocals
Rich Harney Piano
Bill Maddox Percussion, Drums
Jody Lazo Vocals
Steve Barber Vocals, Moog Synthesizer
Salvatore Banzai La Rocca Harp
Barry "Frosty" Smith Drums
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Eric Johnson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Tal Bergman Engineer
Annette Daniels Artwork
Richard Mullen Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Steve Shaw Artwork
UE Nastasi Mastering
Bill Maddox Engineer
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