Sound — 9
Lie to Me is Jonny Lang's debut solo album, released in 1997. Lie To Me reached multi-platinum status and has since won over leagues of followers. The sound is crisp and well engineered, with a smooth flow between tracks. Often considered a blues prodigy, Jonny fills his music with emotion and soul. Many of the tracks include guitar work that is not only technically difficult, but also artistic in nature. The album flows from gritty blues to a upbeat shuffles, leaving the listener to wonder what he could possibly do next.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics in Lie to Me contain levels of emotion and sincerity seen only in the great blues artists. Although Lang didn't write the lyrics to many of his early songs, he still sings them as though he's suffered the worst of trials and heartbreak. It truly is amazing to hear such a young artist offer such an honest, heartfelt interpretation of blues music. Even at a young age, his voice is harsh and raspy, one of the keys to be a successful blues artist.
Overall Impression — 9
Jonny Lang's music often sits in a class of its own. Where artists such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Stevie Ray Vaughan are known for lighting fire to the fretboard with their fingers, Jonny Lang asks you to take a step back and listen to the music as a whole. His music is arranged such that it all works in unison, and nothing stands out by itself. It does, of course, have a few excellent guitar solos, but that is not the focus of his work; instead, Jonny asks you to close your eyes and not only listen to his music, but feel it.