J'adore cet album! je suis aussi fan de la première heure, et il est vrai qu'avec cet album on s'eloigne pas mal du blues du 1er album. On reste quand meme en territoire connue, il y a sa voix, sa guitare certe moins presente, mais voila passée la surprise de la première ecoute, on succombe face à la qualité des titres, des chants et des arrangements. Ca nous donne une sorte de Gospel blues bien catchy et surtout super addictif! Encore un super album pour Jonny Lang, vivement la suite, vite!
Benjamin LabTOP 1000 COMMENTATEURSVOIX VINE le 13 octobre 2006
Jonny Lang est avant tout un excellent guitariste. C'est ensuite un bon chanteur qui se trouve avoir une belle gueule de surcroît. Dans le circuit depuis sa prime jeunesse, Lang a eu le temps d'écluser les clubs et salles de son pays pour parfaire son bagage musical. Il en ressort un album complet, aux compositions solides même si l'on regrette que le bonhomme ait délaissé l'aspect blues de ses comositions au profite d'un soft rock matiné de cheurs enjolivés. On en retire tout de même une grande satisfaction auditive, à consommer en particulier en voiture sur de longues lignes droites ensoleillés...
J'avais quitté Jonny il y a quelques années avec son excellent album "wander this world" qui révélait ce jeune guitariste chanteur de 17 ans dans un répertoire blues-rock trés maitrisé :presqu'un petit génie ! Sur cet album plus récent ,pas de problème la qualité est toujours là ,moins surprenante et marquée ,presque formatée ! Guitare ,voix ,rien à dire mais les compositions paraissent un peu fades,sauf peut être le dernier titre entre blues et gospel "it's not over"..."çà n'est pas fini " et on espère bien !
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The Blues Guitar is Missing2 octobre 2006
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Artists have the right to change directions and seek new audiences - and in some cases the change is well received. With that in mind, Jonny is no longer the blues guitarist of his earlier albums, he has taken a new direction into R&B - I agree with the reviewer that said he now sounds like Stevie Wonder. If that is what you like, then buy this. If you are looking for great guitar, look elsewhere.
(Have you ever noticed that when someone writes a review that doesn't give the artist 4 or 5 stars - the reviewer gets slammed in the votes?)
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Jonny Lang - Goes Gospel4 août 2007
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Yet another 3 years elapse between Jonny Lang albums. When the new disc finally emerges it is a very different Jonny Lang album than many of his fans are used to. Of all of the albums Lang has produced this one seems to divide the fans the most. His blues roots are practically non existent on this album. Instead what you have is mostly a soul / R&B / Gospel record with Lang's voice up front and the guitar tucked into the background. In fact if you are looking for patented Lang guitar solos you will not find many of them here. What you will find is soul encrusted smooth rock more along the lines of something you might hear from Stevie Wonder, Michael Macdonald (who duets here on the track "Thankful") or even Prince. The lyrics have a lot of religion to them as well. Make no doubt about it Lang is a Christian and wants the whole world to know it. The album never gets too heavy handed or preachy, but Lang makes no bones about where he is coming from on this disc. The gospel influence is apparent throughout. So what does this all mean? Is the album any good? Well, although I usually try to avoid music of this nature like the plague I have to admit that Lang really pulls it off well. This is a good album and as long as you can get away from the fact that Lang is not doing straight ahead blues anymore you may find a lot to enjoy here. My hope for the future is that Lang eventually goes back to the wailing guitar, but taking this album for what it is at this time in Lang's life, it is certainly a decent listen.
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Gospel Infused Soul, Funk & Blues24 septembre 2006
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Turn Around is the long awaited redemption we all needed from Lang's last project (Long Time Coming) which was a disappointment for many of his fans. This is not a pure gospel project but rather an enjoyable and explorational blend of gospel infused soul, funk and blues with some tinges of country and jazz. Lang's spirituality permeates the entire project which is what makes it so genuine and soulful. No, it's not "Smokin", "Lie to Me" or even "Wander this World" but it's a good transition album for the next exciting phase of Lang's musical evolution. For Lang, "Turn Around" is the 'real deal' as he showcases more of his own songwriting and also allows his spiritual renewal to permeate.
Turn Around conveys a spiritual theme and projects a positive energy, and musical vibration throughout. On this project, Lang transforms his blues energy into something more lyrically upbeat and positive.
Although I sometimes enjoy listening to the blues genre, the traditional blues have a tendency to get stuck in the low side of the energy level. Even when the passion and intensity of the story or message is there and the music is good, listening to the blues can often be very draining. It's like listening to someone's problems over and over. Although the person singing the blues may be a good musician and a good storyteller, the experience is often very draining as opposed to uplifting and rejuvenative. The blues have their place in my collection and my alotted listening time. In this project, Lang transcends his blues roots without abandoning them altogether.
In Turn Around, Lang takes his bluesy style to a "well-behaved" revival where he adds some soulful funk to his gritty vocals in addition to furthering the development of his falsetto. He also summons a choir as backup on a few tracks and along with the addition of the organ, these are just fantastic in adding a gospel element to the project.
Although some others found the clapping on some tracks rather annoying, I personally enjoy it, especially on the title track. The clapping reflects that positive energy I often refer to. It makes you want to clap along or stomp your feet as if you were there. It draws you into the music and puts you into the rhythm and the groove. Great stuff!
Turn Around is my favorite track on this project. The vocals are gritty and the organ and the clapping really convey the feel of a gospel revival in a most soulful and bluesy way. Thankful, the track with Michael McDonald is soulful and upbeat and also conveys a great musical and vocal synergy. Bump in the Road is also a major highlight. Anything's possible and One Person at a Time convey notable messages but get somewhat lost in the land of generically bland pop music.
I also like the track called Last Goodbye. Lang's vocals reach a new level of high here and in this track, he seems to be opening up a door to something much jazzier. Although this track seems out of place on this project and is bit of a tease, Lang seems to be cracking open an exciting new musical door on this one.
Although I prefer the grittier vocals and harder edged guitarwork, Only A Man is a very enjoyable track. Langs vocals here are more restrained but pure, and the level of production on this track is just perfect. It's soulful and bluesy. The musical arrangement and Haylie's (Lang's wife)angelic voice combine to create a sound which I can best describe as "Celtic Country". This is a very passionate and emotionally moving track. The other track which also emanates this "Celtic Country" sound is That Great Day. It sounds like Haylie does background vocals on this track too, however she's not listed on the liner notes for it.
Overall, this seems to be an excellent transition project for Lang. His vocals and song-writing seem to be progressing nicely but I just wish his guitar wasn't so restrained on this project. I can't wait to hear the tracks from Turn Around, live in concert. In concert, I'm hoping his guitar will be less restrained. When he lets loose with his guitar in concert, he will unleash the intense musical power of his gospel and will have believers and non-believers shouting AMEN!
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Back on track... Thank God!19 septembre 2006
Mario A. Trujillo
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Blues, Funk, and Soul make up this the 5th album for Jonny Lang. His last cd was a bit over done, didn't have that Jonny Lang feel, had more of a made for radio feel to it. This album gets Mr. Lang back on track. Funky yet bluesy sounds that will get your head bobbin and your neck stiff. And the message is enough to get anyone to take notice. Although not his best work, still high above his last cd.
1. Bump in the road... Not the best on the album, but still good none the less.
2. One Person At A Time... Great song! Great message! We all should take notice.
3. The Other Side Of the Fence... Raw emotion on this one. Rock but with a side a funk.
4. Turn Around.... My personal fav, I don't know why this song isn't a radio single but man the bluesy sound and the clapping in this song gives me chills.
5. My Love Remains.... Not the best song, but that is cause of the way he went about it. Nothing against trying to mix things up but IMO Mr. Lang should quit the Falsetto, I don't think it's his best voice. Notice in this song after the acoustic solo he goes back to his original voice. Sounds more raspy and deep, sounds better. Would have been a great song if he sang the whole tune like that!
6. Thankful.... A groovy hit, can't help to keep the toes tapping and the head bobbing on this one.
7. Only A Man... Okay when I first heard it I hated it cause of the Falsetto thing. But then after a few listens I realize that the message on this song may be the best of them all. And it isn't really Falsetto, it is Jonny just singing softer than usual. And his wife duets with him on this track, she has a very soft voice. An angel's voice if you will...
8. Don't Stop (For Anything)... Great song! Reminds me a lot of his older stuff. Funky blues!
9. Anything's Possible... A great message with a great beat. And the message is awesome.
10. Last Goodbye... Worst song by far on this disc. The Falsetto is so bad that I can't even listen to this song. Jonny needs to stay to his deep voice.
11. On My Feet Again... Another funky head bobbin tune.
12. That Great Day... More Falsetto but not as bad as # 10
13. It's Not Over... Soul, Soul, Soul,...this is a great song with a great message.
Overall I am very happy with this album, I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for so much falsetto on the album. It isn't a strong point of Jonny's and he should lessen it on his next release. Compared to his last album this one really is a hit. And you should buy it no matter if you are a Christian or not cause we all need music that is uplifting and keeps our spirits up. And this is the album to do just that!
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Very disappointed, want my money back.30 décembre 2006
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I was so excited to see a new Jonny Lang CD in the bookstore where I was shopping yesterday. However, I was very disappointed to discover that it is a religious/gospel album. There is nothing on the cover or in the titles of the songs that would clue the buyer in as to the nature of this album. I love Jonny Lang, but I would never have bought this CD if I had known. Also - his singing is screechy at times and he sings way too much falsetto on this CD that I will never listen to again.