Redemption

Redemption

by Joe Bonamassa

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Overview

The title Redemption carries a bit of weight, suggesting Joe Bonamassa is seeking salvation in something -- either he's grappling with an inner torment or finding refuge in his music, but these two things aren't mutually exclusive. Certainly, Redemption teems with images of loss and regret, with Bonamassa admitting he suffered "Self-Inflicted Wounds" that left him to "Pick Up the Pieces" before he finally realizes "I've Got Some Mind Over What Matters" and discovers he's "Stronger Now in Broken Places." All those songs arrive in that chronological order, suggesting Redemption is something of a song cycle, but Bonamassa's thematic control isn't what's impressive about the album. Instead, Redemption resonates because it's simultaneously Bonamassa's most ambitious album and his most impassioned record. Working again with longtime producer Kevin Shirley, Bonamassa touches upon a variety of blues-rooted sounds -- there's a strong shot of Zeppelin's heavy mysticism, Southern soul horns vie with Delta Dobro, and there's even a nod to junkyard blues, along with cameos by Dion DiMucci and Jamey Johnson -- while remaining anchored upon the electrified Chicago wail that is his signature. He uses the familiar sounds to pivot to uncomfortable territory, both musical and lyrical, and this gives Redemption a kinetic tension that easily makes it Bonamassa's most original album as well as his best.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2018
Label: J&R Adventures
UPC: 0804879610694
catalogNumber: 61069
Rank: 14840

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Bonamassa   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Nylon String)
Gary Pinto   Vocal Harmony
Anton Fig   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg   Guitar
Doug Lancio   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Background Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar
Kevin Shirley   Percussion
Lee Thornburg   Trombone,Trumpet
Reese Wynans   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Piano (Upright)
Paulie Cerra   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Jade Macrae   Background Vocals
Jamey Johnson   Vocals
Juanita Tippins   Background Vocals
Mahalia Barnes   Background Vocals
Rob McNelly   Guitar
Kate Stone   Pans

Technical Credits

James House   Composer
Joe Bonamassa   Composer
Dion DiMucci   Composer
Jim Moginie   Soundscape
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Richard Page   Composer
Kevin Shirley   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Lee Thornburg   Horn Arrangements
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Dave Poler   Engineer
Roy Weisman   Executive Producer
Jason Mott   Engineer
Rob Katz   Engineer
David Kalmusky   Engineer
George Ghanem   Cover Art

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