Diamond Days

Diamond Days

by Eric Bibb


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Diamond Days

Calm, wise, hushed, and elegant, Diamond Days is in many ways the perfect Eric Bibb album. It features his fine acoustic guitar playing and his soothing, nuanced singing, and it shows an increasingly improving songwriter as well, and the whole affair is all wrapped up with a patient, quietly joyous, and ultimately positive vibe. Bibb's version of the blues has always been like that, patient and positive, and it serves as a reminder that the blues isn't necessarily always about despair, darkness, and ominous guitar riffs but is also built on the concept of survival and moving forward, on the idea of getting through tough times and reaching brighter days. In Bibb's hands the blues becomes sustaining, moving closer to the spiritual uplift of gospel, and the often shaky division between Saturday night blues and Sunday morning praise drops away here. Bibb isn't haunted by personal demons as much as he is by cultural ones. He doesn't have a hellhound on his trail, and he isn't about to go down to the crossroads and make deals with the Devil. Bibb's 21st century version of the folk-blues isn't about that kind of stuff. It's about healing. Song after song here reflects that. The opener, "Tall Cotton," is simply beautiful, and full of hope. The title tune, "Diamond Days," brims with calm wisdom and gentle assurance, and "In My Father's House" gives off the same glow, buoyed by its funky, rhythmic punch. "Still Livin' On" is Bibb's own personal survey of the blues, with verses celebrating Mississippi John Hurt, Libba Cotten, Son House, Pops Staples, and, amazingly, blues anthologist and writer Sam Charters and his wife, Ann Charters. The song comes complete with a delightful tuba break by Jim Shearer before giving way to the bonus track, a stately version of "Worried Man Blues" that glides along on Levi B. Saunders' banjo playing. A cover of Bob Dylan's "Buckets of Rain" is surprisingly underwhelming, though, and fails to find any new corners in the song. An additional enhanced video track features Bibb visiting a guitar shop in Paris, and he is seen playing, singing, and talking about his music. Taken as a whole, Diamond Days doesn't break any new ground, but that isn't really a bad thing, since Bibb's voice of temperate reason and unyielding hope in the dawning of better days is a stance that is welcome in any era. No hellhounds here.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/23/2007
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408366024
catalogNumber: 83660
Rank: 67953

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Bibb   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Martin Simpson   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Dave Bronze   Bass
Gary Compton   Harmonica
Chris Fletcher   Percussion
Mats Öberg   Harmonica
Paul Waller   Banjo,Guitar
Björn Gideonsson   Drums
Christer Lyssarides   Mandola
Glen Scott   Organ,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Melodica,Hand Clapping,Snare Drums,Finger Snapping,Ride Cymbal,Wind Chimes,Whirly Tube
Staffan Astner   Electric Guitar
Figge Boström   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Background Vocals
Janne Petersson   Wurlitzer
Levi B. Saunders   Banjo,Guitar (Nylon String)
Paris Gilbert   Background Vocals
Andreas Unge   Upright Bass
Jenny Bohman   Harmonica
Janne Robertson   Percussion
Kahanga Dekula   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Paris Gilbert   Background Vocals
Kim McLeod   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Robert Smith   Engineer
Eric Bibb   Composer
Bruno Boussard   Artwork
Glen Scott   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Oliver Knight   Engineer
Figge Boström   Producer
Levi B. Saunders   Composer,Live Mixing

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