Bernard Allison - Higher Power (2004)
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Bernard Allison - Higher Power (2004)

Artist: Bernard Allison
Title Of Album: Higher Power
Year Of Release: 2004
Label (Catalog#): Ruf [RUF 1101]
Country: USA
Genre: Modern Electric Blues, Blues Rock
Quality: WavPack (image+.cue+log) | Mp3
Bitrate: Lossless | CBR 320 kbps
Time: 59:05
Full Size: 426 MB | 151 MB (Scans)
Review by Rick Anderson, Allmusic.com:
Bernard Allison got some valuable advice from his father, Luther, before the latter's death in 1997: "Don't be afraid to go outside of the blues," he said. "Don't let them label you like they did me." Bernard has obviously taken that advice to heart; his solo albums have been a rich mixture of rock, funk, blues, and R&B. Most of his recordings have been released in Europe, where he has made his home for a decade. The release of Higher Power comes a little while after his return to the States, and reflects a lifetime of both good times and bad. The album's most noticeable lyrical element is the recurring theme of recovery from addiction -- "I've Learned My Lesson" (from which the album's explicitly AA-derived title is taken) and "New Life I'm In" are two of the most explicit blues-based odes to a 12-step program since Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Wall of Denial." On the funkier, less pious side are the soulful "Raggedy and Dirty" (charmingly, he pronounces that word "raggly") and the funky, vaguely misogynistic "Woman Named Trouble." You'll hear hints of his father's playing peeking through from time to time, but even more pronounced are Allison's debts to Jimi Hendrix and, to a lesser extent, Johnny Winter, who has served as something of a mentor in the area of slide technique over the years. Bernard Allison's style is a bit idiosyncratic and not all of his experiments work perfectly, but it's so refreshing to hear an original voice working in the general area of the blues that it's easy to forgive a failed risk or two. Recommended.
Tracklist:
01. I've Learned My Lesson (03:17)
02. Raggedy and Dirty (04:06)
03. Standing on the Edge of Love (04:14)
04. Stay With Me Tonight (05:08)
05. Too Cool (04:38)
06. It's a Man Down There (06:07)
07. New Life I'm In (04:03)
08. Woman Named Trouble (04:22)
09. Time Flies By (05:07)
10. Stakes Have Gone Up (04:29)
11. Into My Life (04:28)
12. Next 2 U (03:39)
13. Ami (05:22)
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