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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
She's already being called "the new face of the blues" by the press in her native Britain, but her debut album is the first opportunity most Americans will have to hear Joanne Shaw Taylor's sharp, fiery take on blues-based rock. Opening with the dark and sultry "Going Home," Taylor makes her intentions clear from the very beginning: her sound is raw, funky, and soulful, and she's as likely to reference Jimi Hendrix's R&B-inflected blues-rock as Stevie Ray Vaughan's rock-inflected blues. She's also unwilling to be hemmed in: notice the gorgeous guitar intro on "Just Another Word," and the way that the song goes well outside the lines of traditional blues structure ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
She's already being called "the new face of the blues" by the press in her native Britain, but her debut album is the first opportunity most Americans will have to hear Joanne Shaw Taylor's sharp, fiery take on blues-based rock. Opening with the dark and sultry "Going Home," Taylor makes her intentions clear from the very beginning: her sound is raw, funky, and soulful, and she's as likely to reference Jimi Hendrix's R&B-inflected blues-rock as Stevie Ray Vaughan's rock-inflected blues. She's also unwilling to be hemmed in: notice the gorgeous guitar intro on "Just Another Word," and the way that the song goes well outside the lines of traditional blues structure without erasing them. Also notice the especially Hendrix-y "Kiss the Ground Goodbye," the lovely instrumental title track, and the stark, spare "Heavy Heart." The latter is the finest track on the program; it features a brilliant chord progression and a sly bluebeat outro that reveals a sense of humor that is otherwise pretty much hidden. The album ends on a very powerful note, with the slow-burning "Blackest Day." The challenge on this song is the solo, and she meets that challenge brilliantly, twice, and in two very different ways: once with gentle regret and then again with forsaken rage. A spectacular debut from a major talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Ruf
  • UPC: 710347114727
  • Catalog Number: 1147
  • Sales rank: 37,079

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Going Home (4:50)
  2. 2 Just Another Word (4:07)
  3. 3 Bones (5:22)
  4. 4 Who Do You Want Me To Be? (3:35)
  5. 5 Time Has Come (5:51)
  6. 6 White Sugar (4:27)
  7. 7 Kiss the Ground Goodbye (4:40)
  8. 8 Heavy Heart (5:21)
  9. 9 Watch’ Em Burn (5:08)
  10. 10 Blackest Day (8:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joanne Shaw Taylor Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Dave Smith Bass Guitar
David Smith Bass Guitar
Steve Potts Drums
Technical Credits
Jim Gaines Producer, Audio Production
Tom "Curly" Ruff Executive Producer
Uli Eisner Mastering
Hugh Coltman Composer
Michael Van Merwyk Artwork
Joanne Shaw Taylor Composer
R. Davey Composer
J. Davey Composer
J. Amor Composer
H. Coltman Composer
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