Sound — 10
Joe Bonamassa has been hailed as a guitar prodigy since he was a young child. He began performing at 10 and was opening for B.B. King at 12. Now an adult, Joe has released several studio albums and recently opened for B.B. King again for his 80th birthday celebration. The music Joe Bonamassa and his band produces is eclectic in nature and encompasses many styles of music. "Had To Cry Today" includes everything from a short acoustic guitar piece, "Faux Mantini" (which has a noticable Spanish flare to it, in my opinion) to hard-driven rock as in "Travellin' South". An amazingly talented musician, Joe Bonamassa succeeds in creating a well balanced record where every track is worth listening to.
Lyrics — 9
On "Had To Cry Today", Joe includes both instrumental tracks and tracks with lyrics. His voice is somewhat rough, but it matches and complements the edgy style of music he plays. With well-written lyrics and riffs that match, "Had To Cry Today" reminds me of early Clapton and Skynyrd and also Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Joe's emotion and passion for his music is clearly evident in every note he sings.
Overall Impression — 9
"Had To Cry Today" is easily one of the better modern electric blues albums available today. Joe Bonamassa can be compared to other guitar greats such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang and SRV. My personal favorite songs are "Travellin' South", "Faux Mantini" and "Revenge Of The 10 Gallon Hat". Each song shows a different aspect of Joe's ability and are a pleasure to listen to. Were something ever to happen to this record, I would certainly replace it without hesitation.