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Despite his statement in the liner notes that "In an era where it is best to play it safe, I chose to take a risk...," there isn't much surprising or risky about young guitarist Joe Bonamassa's fifth studio album. Most of his previous releases have mixed blues covers with his own originals, all played with a rocker's attitude, volume and less-than-subtle approach. This one follows suit and even though he goes on to say that he "wanted to make a blues album, not a rock album that has blues on it," as in the past; it's impossible to claim that he has succeeded with You & Me. That doesn't make this a bad or disappointing disc; quite the contrary, it's a solid blues-rock release and arguably his best work to date. But as early as the second track, an original rocker titled "Bridge to Better Days," Bonamassa takes off on an early Free/Savoy Brown-styled stomper. Things settle down and get more rootsy on the following two slow blues tracks, although a lovely Bonamassa original, "Asking Around for You," adds strings, not exactly a touch most would associate with pure blues. Regardless, it's extremely effective and when the strings return on a nine-and-a-half-minute cover of Led Zeppelin's "Tea for One," it is a spine-tingling experience and possibly this album's finest moment. Drummer Jason Bonham, who is excellent throughout, brings additional authenticity to the song his dad first played on. Bonamassa unplugs for a few mid-disc tracks, including a cover of "Tamp 'Em Up Solid" (oddly credited to Ry Cooder but typically known as a traditional piece, even on Cooder's version). Twelve-year-old harmonica whiz L.D. Miller does his best John Popper imitation on a hyperactive version of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Your Funeral and My Trial" (someone needs to inform the kid that playing lots of notes really fast doesn't mean he has soul), and the instrumental titled "Django" shows that Bonamassa has been listening to Gary Moore's "Parisienne Walkways." It adds up to a quality Bonamassa disc that will please existing fans and might bring some new ones into the fold, but it's also one that doesn't take the chances that he claims might push the guitarist into uncharted territory.
Performance CreditsJoe Bonamassa Primary Artist
Technical CreditsCharley Patton Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Joe Bonamassa Composer
Paul Marshall Composer
Don Robey Composer
Mike Himelstein Composer
Robert Bosmans Composer
Etienne Lefebvre Composer
Manuel Charles Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Joe Bonamassa’s new album, “You & Me”, is such an amazing and artistic album!!! It has great songs that have raw rock riffs combined with a blues twist. This album shows off Bonamassa’s astounding guitar talents and techniques. Each song will definitely take you back to the roots of blues music and fulfill your musical mind. If you enjoy listening to blues music with a distinctive edge, then you’ll definitely love “You & Me”.
Joe's new album is one of those releases that you think you'll like it before you hear it, but you say to yourself "His last album was great". Well kick out the jams brothers and sisters becasue this release rocks as well as any new release I can think of since Pearl Jam 10. It grows on you like the Pied Piper's Parade. Every note Joe hits adds another follower to the maze Called Joe Bonamassa! And the four cuts written by Joe dominate and overpower, overrule, override, overrun, over, over, and run over all the remakes one at a time. Joe does the remakes with incredible newness. Joe is clearly worthy enough to perform these songs to a point when you ask yourself if the original artist is worthy enough to have Joe re-record their song. I wish Joe wrote all eleven songs. Except Tea For One. Paige/Plant are still 'Hammer of the Gods'