Long Time Coming
First Appeared at The Music Box, December 2003, Volume 10, #12
Written by Michael Cooney
To put it plainly, Jonny Langís latest outing Long Time Coming is absolutely brilliant. Throughout the collection, he fuses together an array of rock, pop, soul, and blues textures to form what undeniably is one of the finest endeavors of 2003.
It wasnít as if Lang had anything to prove. The kid from Fargo, North Dakota forever has been considered one of the finest young guitarists on the planet. As a teenager, he took the music world by storm with his 1997 major label debut Lie to Me, and his follow up (1998ís Wander This World) was a modern blues masterpiece. Almost from the start of his career, Lang inspired critical praise and enjoyed steadily growing support from fans of all ages as well as radio around the world. He had found a formula for success, but his new album proves that Lang isnít a formula kind of guy. In an industry that encourages homogeny and embraces mediocrity, Jonny Lang actually cares about growing as an artist. With Long Time Coming he has matured into a passionate man, and a powerful musical force.
The album was four years in the making, and it was clearly a labor of love. Langís trademark guitar and power- packed vocals are more vibrant, intense, and expressive than ever, and Long Time Coming is his most compellingly personal work to date. He played a number of the instruments himself and co-wrote most of the tracks with producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Faith Hill). Together, they created an uplifting tribute to love and redemption. From the joy found within The One I Got and Beautiful One to the spiritual power of the title track and Dying to Live, Long Time Coming is Jonny Lang at his finest. He truly has become a star, one that is shining brighter than ever before.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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