JOE BONAMASSA

(UNITED STATES)

A NEW DAY YESTERDAY

(2000)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

BLUES

TAGS:
Guitar-Hero, Low vocals, Rasping vocals
"First album of Joe Bonamassa, "A New Day Yesterday" already presents all the qualities of an artist who will sublimate the blues some years later."
MR.BLUE (20.01.2012)  
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Without going into details about the love story between Joe Bonamassa and the Blues, let's remember that at the age of 12, he was already opening for artists like Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Robert Cray, but also Joe Cocker or BB King. After having been associated for some time with Erin Davis, Miles' son, under the name of DNA, Joe finally feels ready to go solo. What he needs is a first album. Here it is! Composed of songs that Joe has played so many times during his childhood, "A New Day Yesterday" is the ideal calling card. At almost twenty years old, the young guitarist picks up from the repertoire of his elders and proposes, besides some talented compositions, not less than 6 covers on 13 tracks.

And it is 'Cradle Rock' of Rory Gallagher which has the honor to start. Joe Bonamassa's Blues is above all raw and metallic, just like the sound of his guitar and the ardor of his youth. The voice, dry, without the nuances that we will know him later, is already very energetic and catchy. In short, if we are still far from the quality of the albums post 2007, everyone can feel here the potential of the man. As gifted in the old Blues as in the Rock, through heavy or Folk accents, the guitar is the true red thread of this album.

The other revelation of Joe Bonamassa's talent is the presence, from his first try, of big names who came to play at his side. Thus, we find Rick Derringer on the luminous cover of Al Kooper 'Nothin' I Wouldn't Do', or Leslie West and Greg Allman on the superb and languid Slow Blues 'If Heartache Were Nickels'. Joe Bonamassa affirms his love for hard rock by covering Jethro Tull's 'A New Day Yesterday' with its heavy solo or Free's 'Walk In My Shadow', ternary and swaying.

Last strong point of this exceptional artist: the writing. 'Colour And Shape' with its multiple atmospheres and sounds, 'I Know Where I Belong' very energetic with a snarling voice, 'Miss You Hate You' lighter and Folk or 'Headaches To Heartbreaks' that Dave Borden transforms into Soul Blues by his keyboard interventions. 'Curent Situation' evokes the great Jimi Hendrix by its energy and its rhythmic close to Mitch Mitchell's playing, while the final cover of Albert King, light and addictive, pushes the listener to listen again to "A New Day Yesterday" from the start.

Everything is good in this first try, so much so that one forgives very quickly its sometimes disjointed side and its rather rough production. Many felt that they were holding the album of a future star, but they did not know to what extent Joe Bonamassa, well beyond holding high the colors of the Blues, was going to sublimate the genre some years later.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Cradle Rock - 03:51
02. Walk In My Shadow - 03:27
03. New Day Yesterday - 04:45
04. I Know Where I Belong - 05:38
05. Miss You, Hate You - 03:38
06. Nuthin' I Wouldn't Do - 05:10
07. Colour And Shape - 05: 03
08. Head Aches To Heart Breaks - 04:56
09. Trouble Waiting - 03:26
10. If Heartaches Were Nickels - 07:51
11. Current Situation - 03:36
12. Don't Burn Down That Bridge - 04:21
13. Miss You, Hate You - 06:05

LINEUP:
Annie Burns: Backing Vocals
Creamo Liss: Basse
Dave Borde: Claviers
Jeannie Burns: Backing Vocals
Joe Bonamassa: Chant / Guitares
Tony Cintron: Batterie
   
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