This is the second full-length album from this interesting and skillful artist. There are nine songs that are all self penned and one, The Longest Night, comes with the warning of explicit lyrics, however, to be honest the vocals on this cut are so fuzzy—sounds as if they were put through mild reverb—that you are going to have to be really listening to hear what you have heard a million times before. The songs are good and since both Gino Matteo and Joey Delgado, the producer and a member of the L.A. group the Delgado Brothers, are listed as the guitar players it is hard to tell who is playing the lead at any particular time, and the guitar playing is one of the high points of the disc.
There is some wonderful guitar playing done with the songs, both acoustic and also electric guitar fills. The guitar work is very solid throughout the disc and often very inventive and innovative. The band is close and seems to be quite in synch, there is no mention whether it is Mr. Matteo's regular band or some good friends from the area studios. Jade Bennett, Mr. Matteo's wife, and partner when he does duo gigs, provides support vocals. The disc is an interesting mix of blues, gospel and rock and should provide some very good listening to those willing to care to search it out.
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