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Review: Aftermath of the Lowdown

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

From the Weekender:

ALBUM REVIEW: Sambora makes statement with new disc

The past few years had seen some personal hiccups for Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. After some well-publicized substance and relationship issues, not to mention a smattering of discontent with songwriting partner Jon Bon Jovi, Sambora’s fortunes looked to be in decline.

On this, his third solo album, Sambora shakes his demons with hard-wrought soul, a subjective songwriting pen, and guitar squalor not seen since Bon Jovi’s 1988 rock masterwork, “New Jersey.”

Perhaps the most consistent work within his solo discography, this record is noticeably ripe with a sense of rebirth. A detour from the recent Bon Jovi trend of country-influenced safety, Richie instead takes on cuts like the Deep Purple/Hendrix groove-machine “Burn The Candle Down,” his guitar fuzzed out like it’s 1970 all over again, while pumping Hammond B3 organ slathers the track to upper echelons of heaviness.

“Take A Chance On The Wind” is similarly thick in sonic structure, Sambora using the soul in his voice to proclaim he’s a man no longer mired in life’s quicksand.

Any Sambora project would be remiss without the ballads. The delicate, acoustic musical lace of “I’ll Always Walk Beside You” is as sentimental and beautiful as anything he’s written for Bon Jovi, showing us why Sambora has sold a few hundred million albums. “Weathering The Storm” continues Sambora’s newly crystalline headspace, the guitarist testifying “you just shed your skin and start back up again.”

This is Sambora using all of his musical vocabulary to rock off the chains of a bottomed-out recent past in what is easily his most expressive solo outing.

Putting a little distance between the Bon Jovi machine provokes a sweet-sounding, creative healing.

And a link to Tony K's review over at AntiMusic.


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