Re: What song are you listening to right now?
Laurence Jones - Destination Unknown (2022)
Well, here we are, Laurence's new label debut for Marshall Records (as in Marshall Amps btw), and certainly the guitar playing live's up to the deal, as well as all the other instruments in this 1st recording for the new line-up. Well, new isn't exactly right, Bennett Holland remains on keys, as Laurence's right-hand man but it is first studio outing with drummer Samuel Jenkins as well as my ol' mate from VATA, Mr Jack Alexander Timmis on bass. Together, they make quite a unit and collectively & individually, they've contributed to all the songs on the album, as well as Laurence' fiancé c Amy hipping in on a number.
Destination Unknown? Well it is a departure from the Blues on which Laurence cut his teeth a decade ago; while contemporaries like Kris Barras and Jack J Hutchison have moved to markedly heavier sounds, Laurence too has "beefed-up" but only as far as AOR; think in the lines of Night Ranger. No fault with that, and while the new songs are crisp and punchy, he needs a "Sister Christian" since "Thunder In The Sky", great as it is, is getting a bit flabby. Still, Unknown as the destination may be, it's the journey that's been the fun, and Laurence has a good few miles in him yet.
Well, that was certainly an interesting take on LJ's latest. I agree with all the observations, especially the non blues he's mostly known for. Some of the songs will need a few listens to season the listener, but I've gotta say this is his best so far. The whole band sounds real tight and Laurence's playing has a Claptonish restraint I prefer these days. It does have an early 80's hair rock groove
too and that adds to its magic.