Sound — 8
Highly acclaimed guitarist Joe Bonamassa has been wowing audiences with his signature style of guitar driven blues rock for the past two decades. His captivating string playing and powerful vocals have continued to wow his ever growing fanbase throughout his eleven studio albums and countless live performances, as well as his work as axeman for the rock supergroup Black Country Communion. Joe's masterful guitar playing has even captured the attention of multiple similarly legendary artists as B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Glenn Hughes. Capturing the dynamic musician purely in his element, while also showcasing his new take on some old original classics is Joe Bonamassa's new live album, "An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House". As the title implies, this release shows Joe in an intimate acoustic setting, and performing an expansive collection of songs hand picked from throughout Joe's musical career. Spanning from 2009's "Palm Trees, Helicopters And Gasoline", to 2003's "Woke Up Dreaming", the variety showcased in the setlist is quite the enjoyable feature. Plus, hearing Joe's creative acoustic take on such heavily circulated hits is something that any fan should be able to appreciate. Joe gives a simply solid performance throughout the entire show, which leads to a standout release with very little room for improvement.
Lyrics — 9
Joe has continuously proven to be not only incredibly talented at the guitar, but also when it comes to lead vocals duties throughout his multitude of solo releases. When it comes to "An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House", this is no exception. Perfectionistic vocals from Joe on this one, and when backed by stunning acoustic guitar work allows you to just sit back and allow one track to transition into another, without ever touching the skip button.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, "An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House" is another standout live release by Joe Bonamassa, that shows the renowned guitarist masterfully utilizing an alternative take on some of his more seasoned and recent blues rock classics. Any established fan of Joe's previous work, as well as blues rock in general, should definitely look into picking this live album up for themselves, as it would be a fine addition to your ever expanding musical collection.