Jonny Lang: Signs

Guitar hero, anyone? Lang entered the national scene in his late teens with scorching guitar and a voice beyond his years. Twenty years later, and now the father of five children, Lang is taking stock of the ups and downs of his life and faith. Lang’s third studio album in 11 years brings another double fistful of blues-rock to show how it’s done. Both his raspy vocals and his tasty guitar licks are in fine form, whether he’s challenging a metaphorical mountain (“Make it Move”), facing off against temptation (“Snakes”), or confessing his sins (“Wisdom”). Writer/producers Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders (India.Arie, John Legend) steer the grooving ship again with plenty of organ and soulful BGVs. Blues music can have a reputation of being slow or repetitive, but Lang keeps things mostly upbeat and driving, with appropriately interspersed moments of howling lament, closing things off with the unexpectedly tender and haunting acoustic “Singing Songs.” Fans of John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa, or even Prince will find much to enjoy here.

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