Joe Bonamassa
Driving Towards The Daylight


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zeppelin14 USER (10 Reviews)
December 16th, 2012 | 20 replies | 2,141 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Driving towards the daylight....running from the midnight...."

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Joe Bonamassa is one of those musicians that should have more popularity, but sadly doesn't. Having released eleven solo albums, a collaboration with Beth Hart, four or five live albums, and four records with supergroup Black Country Communion in a matter of twelve years, Joe surely is busy. To add to that, the man is only 35 years old. He was born into music by his parents, and by age 12 was on stage playing with legends such as B.B. King, Danny Gatton, and Eric Clapton. A true legend at so young an age, this is a man who should receive a LOT more praise, as"Driving Towards The Daylight" obviously proves.

"Dislocated Boy" opens the album in an epic, rocking way. The song is six and a half minutes long, and, although it can wear thin at points, it provides a fun time for the listener. Speaking of epics, that's really what makes this album so good. "A Place In My Heart" is a touching blues ballad with tremendous guitar playing. This is a song that not only uses it's lyrics to get to your soul ("No matter who you are, or what you do/There's a place in my heart for you") but also allows the toneful guitar playing to make you want to shed a tear or two. Following right after is "Lonely Town Lonely Street", a seven-minute epic that's filled with swagger and great playing, both from Joe and Anton Fig, the drummer (they sort of compete between each other). "Heavenly Soul" can also be consdered an epic, with a sort of country feel or so to it (I apologize I can't think of what to call it) that actually fits. Closer "Too Much Ain't Enough Love" features a man by the name of Jimmy Barnes on vocals with more (you guessed it) cool guitar playing. My only problem with this song is why they say it features Barnes when he sings on the whole thing. Personally, I would have liked Barnes and Bonamassa to duet on this. But hey, it's his song to begin with so let him sing it.

The straight ahead blues tracks are what make up most of the rest of this excellent cd. "Stones In My Passway", "I Got All You Need", "Who's Been Talking", and "New Coat of Paint" are solid tracks, but serve as the filler here. "Somewhere Trouble Don't Go" is a personal favorite with good lyrics, but the true highlight here is the heartfelt title track. I really can't get enough of this song, from it's beautiful, yet simple guitar intro, to its strong, but still simple chorus. With lyrics like "Who was wrong and who was right, and do we even know why we're fighting?/So take your eyes off of me, and look upon the churning sea", you get the sense Bonamassa cares about something more than just guitars (or in this case, someONE) as he soars into the refrain: "Driving towards the daylight, running from the midnight, trying to get my way home/Running from the spotlight, trying to find the daylight, trying to get back home". Like I mentioned, simple, but strong.

If you like blues music this is a great record, and even if you're just a straight up a rock and roller (like me) this will still be a very enjoyable listen. Joe has an amazing voice, and his guitar playing is never short of magnificent, either. This is the first and only Bonamassa record I've heard, but I'll definetely check out his earlier stuff. Keep em comin, Joe!

KEY TRACKS:
-Dislocated Boy
-A Place In My Heart
-Driving Towards The Daylight
-Lonely Town Lonely Street
-Somewhere Trouble Don't Go
-Too Much Ain't Enough Love

~Pros~
-Beautiful lyrics
-Outstanding guitar playing
-"Guitar vs. drums" on LTLS
-Twelfth album, but not showing signs of letting up

~Cons~
-Few tracks can seem too long (Dislocated Boy, still a great song though)
-Needs more bass and organ at points



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bloc
December 16th 2012



34780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wicked album

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2012



20450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is good but I was slightly dissapointed after the excellent Dust Bowl. Still a great album though, Bonamassa never releases a bad album, he's incredibly consistent especially given how prolific he is.

Zeppelin14
December 16th 2012



38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i haven't heard dust bowl, just its title track

PsychicChris
December 16th 2012



210 Comments


Dust Bowl is pretty awesome. I'm more of a BCC fan but liked what I've heard off this album.

RosaParks
December 16th 2012



14848 Comments


i've heard good and bad things about this guy. not sure what to think about him

bloc
December 16th 2012



34780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You should think good things and bad things then obviously

RosaParks
December 17th 2012



14848 Comments


something about him just doesn't sit right with me. can't put my finger on it

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012



20450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i haven't heard dust bowl, just its title track


Definitely check it out then, it's one of his best along with You & Me and Sloe Gin.

BigBlob
February 1st 2013



1638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has really grown on me actually. Didnt like it at first.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2013



20450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Maybe I should give it a few more listens.

Ecnalzen
March 29th 2013



6501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I heard some songs off this the other day. Sounded pretty awesome.

Underflow
March 31st 2013



2554 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to this now. Man, this guy is consistent. Not quite as good as Dust Bowl, but a great listen nonetheless.

Ecnalzen
March 31st 2013



6501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The soloing on this is pretty damn good.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2013



20450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dust Bowl >>

Ecnalzen
March 31st 2013



6501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Something tells me I should check out Dust Bowl...

CosmicPie
April 17th 2013



1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bonamassa is the man. One of the better Blues/Rock guitarists today.

JS19
April 28th 2013



4219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First and last tracks are amazing. Not so sure about the rest. Yeah Dust Bowl is so much better

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

melomaniac
September 12th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album reached #2 on the UK charts. I'm happy for Joe. He totally deserves it!

melomaniac
September 12th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Joe and Jimmy Barnes also recorded an amazing cover of "Lazy" for a Deep Purple tribute.
There's a video of it on Youtube. I recommend everybody to check it out! Too bad it's not on the album...

BigBlob
January 2nd 2014



1638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fk me this album has grown on me so much. amazing



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