by Eric Johnson



It's no secret that the time gap between albums by guitarist Eric Johnson is on par with such notorious 'hibernators' as Boston. And the arrival of his fourth all-new studio release, Bloom, was no different, as it appeared nearly nine years after the release of 1996's Venus Isle. Whereas most guitar heroes of the late '80s and early '90s were all about reeling off a zillion notes per second, Johnson was the exception, as he penned songs that saw his guitar supplying the melody where a voice could have been. This 16-track release (his second for Steve Vai's Favored Nations label) is split into three separate sections -- 'Prelude,' 'Courante,' and 'Allemande' -- which are supposedly "grouped together in terms of vibe and style." Highlights include "Summer Jam" (which does a splendid job of showcasing his guitar tone), the chicken'-pickin' ditty "Tribute to Jerry Reed," and the almost Steely Dan-esque "Magnetized." If you like your sounds raw and gritty and music off-the-cuff, Bloom isn't the place for you. But for die-hard fans, Johnson delivers once more, as all his trademarks are well represented -- chops, tone, and extremely fluid playing.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2005
Label: Favored Nations
UPC: 0690897251021
catalogNumber: 2510

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Johnson   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Sitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Classical Guitar,Electric Sitar,fender rhodes,Lap Steel Guitar
Adrian Legg   Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Shawn Colvin   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Roscoe Beck   Bass
Tal Bergman   Drums
Tom Brechtlein   Drums
Brad Evilsizer   Percussion
James Fenner   Percussion
Chris Maresh   Bass,Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Tony Phillips   Synthesizer,Drums
Tommy Taylor   Percussion,Drums
Jody Lazo   Background Vocals
Richard "Hacksaw" Harney   Piano
Steve Barber   Piano,Vocals
Bill Maddox   Percussion,Drums,Drum Loop
Tom Burritt   Percussion
Lisa Tingle   Background Vocals
Rich Harney   Piano
Jody Lazo   Vocals
Steve Barber   Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Salvatore Banzai La Rocca   Harp
Barry "Frosty" Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Eric Johnson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tal Bergman   Engineer
Annette Daniels   Artwork
Richard Mullen   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Steve Shaw   Artwork
Bill Maddox   Engineer

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