Fight for My Soul

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Marketed as a blues-rock prodigy early in his career, Jonny Lang had considerable success at a young age -- in 2004, A Tribute to Jonny Lang was released, arriving nearly a decade into the guitarist's career when he was just about to turn 22 -- so perhaps it isn't a great surprise that the first decade of the new millennium found him a little lost. He found religion, then tried to fuse his beliefs with hard rock on a series of transitional releases, before righting himself with 2013's Fight for My Soul. If the title suggests Lang may still be sorting out spiritual issues in his songs, the album itself bears no conflicted musical personality. Ditching the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Marketed as a blues-rock prodigy early in his career, Jonny Lang had considerable success at a young age -- in 2004, A Tribute to Jonny Lang was released, arriving nearly a decade into the guitarist's career when he was just about to turn 22 -- so perhaps it isn't a great surprise that the first decade of the new millennium found him a little lost. He found religion, then tried to fuse his beliefs with hard rock on a series of transitional releases, before righting himself with 2013's Fight for My Soul. If the title suggests Lang may still be sorting out spiritual issues in his songs, the album itself bears no conflicted musical personality. Ditching the lingering hard rock along with any outright blues jams, Lang dives headfirst into classic soul and R&B, its elastic, funky grooves allowing the guitarist plenty of space to solo, but this isn't a record where the intent is to showcase instrumental virtuosity. Working closely with co-producer and co-songwriter Tommy Sims, Lang puts the focus on song and, with it, allows himself plenty of little stylistic detours. "All of a Sudden" opens the album on a gentle acoustic note in the vein of Babyface's '90s productions, then the record gets exuberant with "Blew Up The House," which brings to mind a harder-edged, streamlined Sly & the Family Stone; later Lang does a full-on Motown pastiche on "The River." At times, his emphasis on stuttering funk and thick sheets of guitar recalls Lenny Kravitz -- "Breakin' In" and "We Are the Same" are in that mold, while "I'll Always Be" suggests the candied psychedelic ballads that are Kravitz's stock in trade -- but that is by no means a bad thing, as Lang and Sims have given Fight for My Soul a similarly appealing gloss so the album is enjoyable as sheer ear candy, but underneath the surface this is Lang's strongest set of songs yet. It took a little while for Jonny Lang to find his groove, but Fight for My Soul proves that he needed the journey so he could arrive at this destination.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2013
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072346673
  • Catalog Number: 34667
  • Sales rank: 5,782

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blew Up (The House) (4:42)
  2. 2 Breakin' In (3:36)
  3. 3 We Are The Same (5:59)
  4. 4 What You're Looking For (5:45)
  5. 5 Not Right (4:33)
  6. 6 The Truth (5:08)
  7. 7 River (4:13)
  8. 8 Fight For My Soul (4:58)
  9. 9 All Of A Sudden (4:42)
  10. 10 Seasons (5:00)
  11. 11 I'll Always Be (7:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jonny Lang Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Jackie Wilson Background Vocals
Javier Solís Percussion
David Angell Violin
Bekka Bramlett Background Vocals
Chris Bruce Rhythm Guitar
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Marc Harris Hammond B3
Tommy Sims Bass, Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Nikki Leonti Background Vocals
Akil Thompson Rhythm Guitar
James Waddell Keyboards
Shannon Sanders Synthesizer, Piano, Background Vocals
Jason Eskridge Background Vocals
Barry Alexander Drums
Dwan Hill Piano, Keyboards
Tiffany Bastiany Background Vocals
Jason Roller Banjo, Mandolin
Sari Reist Cello
Drew Ramsey Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Phillip Lassiter Synthesizer
Gene Miller Background Vocals
Pam Sixfin Violin
James Grosjean Viola
Michael Hicks Background Vocals
Conni Ellisor Violin
Luke Edgemon Background Vocals
Melissa Hale Background Vocals
James Anton Bass
Technical Credits
Danny Duncan Engineer
Tommy Sims Composer, Producer
Jonny Lang Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Dan Shike Mastering
James Waddell Engineer, beats
Shannon Sanders Composer
Andrew Grey Monitor Engineer, Drum Technician
Matt Ridenour Composer
Greg Howard Guitar Techician
Drew Ramsey Composer
Michael Logen Composer
Phillip Lassiter String Arrangements
Dennis Dodd Engineer
Jeremy Hunter Engineer
Joel Mott String Arrangements
Warren Termini Guitar Techician
James Philip Lassiter String Conductor
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