Re: Eric Johnson - Bloom opinions?
i heard it, borrowed a friend's copy. im not a big EJ fan though i used to love him but i just got tired of it all. great musicians evolve and change. EJ has released the same cd 3 times with a huge wait in between.
my opinion means nothing, i have no clout, i have no experience, i dont have a career in music to give me some respectibility. who am i to say what EJ should or should not do? but as a music nut, i would love to see EJ take his skills to another musical venue. hendrix made 4 albums in 4 years and was constantly evolving and changing. fire garden is completely different than passion and warfare. john coltrane had 7 totally unique musical periods in his incredily short yet totally prodigious 15 year career. not even mentioning miles davis or zappa or keith jarrett. EJ takes 5 years in between releasing albums, and they all sound, more or less, identical. id love to see him try and do a fusion album or maybe a funk thingee. something less clean, more groove, more feeling, something that challenges him and forces him to use his insane amount of talent. something that is obviously not perfect yet shows human character.
his live cd was cool, boderline great. it was great hearing him wail knowing that he didnt spend 6 weeks making sure the solo was as clean as possible. i dont find that enjoyable in music.
but then again, who am i to knock him?