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Album Review

When reviewers heard teen-aged Jonny Lang's debut album of 1997, Lie to Me, many of them commented on how mature the blues singer/guitarist sounded for his age. Similarly, Lang's second album, Wander This World, often sounds like it could have been the work of a man of 30. With David Z. (known for his work with Prince) producing, the Midwesterner delivers an exciting sophomore effort that has as much to do with soul, funk, and rock as it does with actual blues. Far from a purist, Lang takes an approach that is best described as Albert Collins, B.B. King, and Luther Allison by way of Otis Redding, Stax Records, and Eric Clapton. While "Angel of Mercy" and the moody "Cherry Red Wine" demonstrate his mastery of the 12-bar format, most of the other selections aren't actual 12-bar blues, but rather Southern-style soul, funk, or rock with a wealth of blues feeling. Lovers of 1960s Memphis soul should appreciate "Walking Away" and "Second Guessing," while "The Levee" and "Still Rainin'" have more of a rock orientation. The haunting title song finds Lang singing a little too convincingly about loneliness — even though Lang himself didn't actually write the lyrics — hearing an adolescent sounding so world-weary and isolated is rather disconcerting. There's nothing even remotely bubblegum about this excellent CD, which proves that Lang's supporters had every right to be enthusiastic.

Customer Reviews

Oh, man, this kid is amazing.

This is Jonny's second best album. The kid is amazing. Guitar skills? Crap, his trainer said he wanted to break Jonny's fingers; he was so good. Vocal talent? Don't get me started. It's as rough as a 60s blues singer. It's as versatile as, dare I say it, Chester Bennington's. And the songs, the songs! Oh my chump, just buy the album. It will be the best 8 bucks you've spent. Oh, and check out Long Time Coming, another winner.

Wander This World

I really like this album and i think that it has some of his best songs, though red light is my favorite. I love all of these songs and i think that his guitar skills have improved so much since jonny lang and the big bang [which two of my step-uncles played in :-)]. i really like this cd and reccomend it for anyone who likes jonny lang

Freaking fantastic!!!

buy it!! Jonny Lang is a wonderful singer and I love all of his music. It's a little bluesy, it's a little jazzy, but it's all great. buy all of his albums!


Born: January 29, 1981 in Fargo, ND

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Modern blues in the '90s had a weird phenomenon of teenage blues guitarists rocketing to popularity with their first album. The entire trend culminated with Jonny Lang, a guitarist from Fargo, North Dakota, who released his solo debut album, Lie to Me, when he was 15. At the age of 12, he had attended a show by the Bad Medicine Blues Band and began playing with the group. Several months later he became the leader, and the newly renamed Kid Jonny Lang & the Big Bang relocated from Fargo to Minneapolis...
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