Finally, a new album by the famed guitar hero Eric Johnson is ready. Titled as "Bloom", this album really showcases Johnson's music in full bloom. In accordance with his habit, Mr. Johnson covers a wide gamut of genres within this release. Everything from rock 'n' roll, jazz, fusion, pop, country and blues can be heard on this album. Alongside with the guitar-oriented instrumentals, "Bloom" also features five songs with vocals (one of them being a Bob Dylan cover "My Back Pages"). There's definitely no question about Johson's talent, since he has distinguished himself as a phenomenal guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer.
As one may expect, the quality of material on this album is really high. The diversity and depth to be found on "Bloom" is praiseworthy, and I even dare to say that this release should inevitably find its way to every guitarist's record collection. Since the scope of "Bloom" is rather vast, each listener will probably have his/her own favourites among the songs... for example, I especially liked "Cruise the Nile", which is an awesome piece with intriguing oriental harmonies. Needless to say, each song on this album speaks up for its place.
The production on this album is first-rate, which isn't surprising if one notes that Johnson is known as a diligent artist. The sounds are warm yet precise, and the guitar tone is really beautiful. All in all, Eric Johson's "Bloom" definitely earns the title of being a tour-de-force of guitar-oriented instrumental rock. This is a must-have album for both fans of Eric Johnson and the listeners of instrumental guitar-oriented music. Strongly recommended!
Release date: June 14th, 2005 Visit Artist's Website
Johnson, Eric: Guitars, Bass, Piano, Synth, Background Vocals, Lap Steel,
Percussion, Vocals, Electric Sitar and Rhodes Electric Piano
Bergman, Tal: Drums on "Bloom"
Taylor, Tommy: Drums on Tracks 2, 5 & 12 and Percussion on "My Back Pages"
Maddox, Bill: Drums on Tracks 3, 8, 12 & 15, Drum Loops on "Cruise the Nile",
Percussion on "Magnetized"
Maresh, Chris: Bass on Tracks 3, 5, 8, 9, 12 & 15, Acoustic Bass on
"Cruise the Nile"
Phillips, Tony: Drums and Bass on "Good to Me", Synth on Tracks 5, 8 & 10
La Rocca, Salvatore Banzai: Harp on "Good to Me"
Fenner, James: Percussion on Tracks 5, 6 & 9
Brechtlein, Tom: Drums on Tracks 6, 11, 13 & 14
Smith, Barry "Frosty": Drums on "From My Heart"
Lazo, Jody: Vocals on "Cruise the Nile"
Burritt, Tom: Percussion on "Cruise the Nile"
Barber, Steve: Additional Vocals on "Cruise the Nile", Acoustic Piano on
"Hesitant", Moog Synth on "Sunnaround You"
Beck , Roscoe: Bass on Track 11, 13 & 14
Legg, Adrian: Guest Soloist on "Tribute to Jerry Reed"
Mullen, Richard: Drum Programming on "Your Sweet Eyes"
Evilsizer, Brad: Percussion on "Your Sweet Eyes"
Colvin, Shawn: Guest Vocals and Background Vocals on "Your Sweet Eyes"
Harney, Rich: Acoustic Piano on "Hesitant"
Tingle, Lisa: Background Vocals on "Sunnaround You"
Johnson, Eric & Mullen, Richard
Mullen, Richard (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 15 & 16); Dillett, Pat ("Bloom");
Phillips, Tony (Tracks 4, 5, 8, 9 & 10) & Paczosa, Gary ("Tribute to Jerry Reed")
02. Summer Jam
03. My Back Pages (Bob Dylan Cover)
04. Good to Me
06. 12 to 12 Vibe
07. Sea Secret
08. Sad Legacy
09. From My Heart
10. Cruise the Nile
11. Tribute to Jerry Reed
12. Your Sweet Eyes
14. Sunnaround You