B.B. King
One Kind Favor


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (90 Reviews)
August 28th, 2008 | 26 replies | 26,210 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The King of Blues is back.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

There’s little more that can be said about B.B. King and his vast career spanning over six decades. Every few years or so he tenders something new, something revitalising, something tangible for all listeners who devote their time to his music. In the past few journeys, he allowed uncertain modern production techniques to toy (and sometimes dictate) with his eloquence, ultimately producing something different, but not quite as desirable. And now, here in 2008 at the humble age of 82, King has released his best studio venture in the last decade. Certainly he’s aging, but it seems aging very well.

Alongside the guitar master is celebrated musician and producer T-bone Burnett who draws back the raw intimacy that often makes or breaks any blues album (as seen in his penetrating recordings Singin’ the Blues and A Heart Full of Blues); the difference is that it has been reintroduced, not rerecorded. “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean kicks off the proceedings with vigour. The lyrics, “Well there’s one kind favour I’ll ask of you” clearly denote where the album title derives itself. The actual composition, originally illustrated by Blind Lemon Jefferson, is an appropriate anchor for the rest of the album’s measures, showcasing a warm, biting sound reliant on acoustic buzz and goo in just about every instrument.

Throughout, his beautifully aged voice and immaculate guitar style together have pace, flare, energy and a husk that heeds each innovative interpretation and appropriately delivers them to a new destination with both influence and individuality. Even with all this, he still needs a trio to back up his grandeur. This is left to prominent session musicians Dr. John on piano, Nathan East on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums, all of whom have racked up a vast collection of inclusive studio recordings. Their talents (including King’s) encircle every song several times, with standouts being the soulful Oscar Lollie’s “Waiting for Your Call”, John Lee Hooker’s illustrious “Blues Before Sunrise” and finally Lonnie Johnson’s warm-jazz “Tomorrow Night”. Burnett captures them all efficiently, while to not hindering the procession of King’s free movement.

Evidently, having such free roaming space to graze amongst blues traditions makes One kind Favor a rarity amongst many modern blues recordings, even ones from musicians cast during the same era when King was a his highest ubiquity. Some tracks highlight the importance of blues form; others just deliver on expectations for being as pure as the emotion itself seen through his vocal and technical endowment. The only fall back is that it’s such a commonplace for a blues musician such as King to reside within the tunes of others. While this in itself is not a huge dilemma, he’s always been at his best while conjoined to the notes of his creation. If this is what you are looking for, then perhaps look to earlier albums for a starting place, but interestingly, even while listening to these tracks, there’s a force of distinct independence that’s prevalent. They might be renditions, but their almost as unique as the originals themselves.



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foreverendeared
August 28th 2008



14678 Comments


well written review as usual. i've never really sat down and actually listened through a BB king album. i should probably change that

IAmInsect
August 28th 2008



3800 Comments


good review man

iamthenightmare
August 28th 2008



754 Comments


great review. great musician.

Chewie
August 28th 2008



4531 Comments


i thought BB was dead

CushMG15
August 28th 2008



1802 Comments


Nope, I'm pretty sure that he just turned 83 actually.

AtavanHalen
August 28th 2008



17927 Comments


Nice work! This man has done some incredible work in his time.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 28th 2008



7928 Comments


King of blues never left. He plays nearly 300 shows a year. At least that was the case a year or two ago. When I saw him (it was unreal, btw), he threw a bunch of jewellery into the crowd after his encore. This Message Edited On 08.28.08

Anthracks
August 28th 2008



3670 Comments


Ouch!

Tyler
Emeritus
August 28th 2008



7928 Comments


Also: fucking Dr John rules.

taylormemer
August 29th 2008



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=Cocaine]King of blues never left. He plays nearly 300 shows a year.[/QUOTE]
Never said he did leave.
[QUOTE=Cocaine]Also: ****ing Dr John rules. [/QUOTE]
Indeed he does.
You know while this may not be the case, it seems to me that almost every comment you create is bent toward a derogatory tone.

AtavanHalen
August 29th 2008



17927 Comments


Never said he did leave.

Yeah, you did. You see, by laws of physics, something has to leave in order for it to come back.

taylormemer
August 29th 2008



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What if I included "back again"?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2008



17920 Comments


For my birthday I don't want a BB gun, I want BB King's new album!

use that.

taylormemer
August 29th 2008



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahaha. I like that. Works pretty well.

AtavanHalen
August 29th 2008



17927 Comments


I could see that used in an advert, Chan! Blues Musicians for Gun Control or something.

DruggieDougie
August 29th 2008



185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This review was a little too poetic for my taste, but it was certainly well written. Great job.
As for the album, I'm ordering it online as we speak..thanks for lettin us know the King still reigns.

SHOOTME
August 29th 2008



2393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what?

Anyways excellent review as always, and i am listening this right now!

DekWannaBFlea
August 30th 2008



284 Comments


Cool.

evilmegaman
August 31st 2008



174 Comments


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BB king makes me wanna listen to the offspring fosho

taylormemer
August 31st 2008



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it would be nice if the like list was more genre compatible.



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