Topic: Redemption....is it just me ?
So, I've been on the Joe Train for a very long time now, a huge fan, even did street team promos for him between 2006 and 2012.
The new disc is great, because it's Joe, and I love Joe, and his enormous talent, but I must say, I'm having a couple issues with this latest effort. How do I say this?....well....it just seems that Joe is starting to repeat himself. I don't really find anything on this disc that I haven't heard before in some way. I know this is bound to happen to any artist at some point, and with BCC and RCFP, he's able to go a little more outside the box, but "Redemption" tells me that Joe has kind of fallen into a comfort zone with his music. I just don't hear the urgency and spark that I have on past efforts...almost all of them...13th studio album, I believe, and I've only been underwhelmed by 2....Also, Joe, I give you permission to stop using Zeppelin riffs, especially the "Kashmir" progression you love so much. It's just getting a bit old ! There are a lot worse artists you could lift from. I'll give you credit for that ! Don't get me wrong, the new album has some excellent tunes on it....I just feel as though we're not breaking any new ground here. Honestly, I wish Joe would drop the "big band" sound altogether and bring back the 3 piece, and then spank us with a Gary Moore "Scars" like disc. This may just be me or...I don't know, whattya think ??