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Eric Johnson - Bloom opinions?

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I did a quick search and didn't see much recent discussion about Eric's new album. I've been listening to it a bit lately and I feel two ways about it.

A. The songwriting: It's much better. There's not a track that I skip and several of them are legitimately interesting and catchy.

B. The guitar playing: It's not better. In fact it's worse. When I saw Eric live a few months ago, I told a friend that I thought he sounded much slower and sloppier than previously, and now I wonder if he is experiencing physical issues like arthritis. The playing seems much more conventional- lacking many of the wide intervalic cascading phrases he's known for. The dry production on his leads doesn't help.

All in all, I really like the new album as a composition, but I think it's a big dissapointment compared to Venus Isle for guitar playing.
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best song on this cd is the tribute to jerry reed:)
if you mean the kind of "girl" I think you mean, the album is not THAT bad:)
Hesitant sounds too much like somthing George benson would do ,

IMO EJ greatness as a guitar player is phrasing through chords, thats somthing Chet Atkins (rip) mastered. thats what makes songs like manhattan and the tribute to jerry reed great, I think EJ is highly influenced by Chet. I dont care so much for his one line solo runs. I like it when he stick those harmonic runs too, not alot of rock players do those things. again, somthing he took from Chet.
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