Roll On - J.J. Cale
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  • Summary: The latest album for the blues singer, who most recently collaborated with Eric Clapton on their 2006 Grammy-winning album, "The Road to Escondido."
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  1. 80
    By doing exactly the same thing for all that time, and by avoiding building up a public image that would come before the music, Cale has come full circle and now sounds fresh and relevant once more. [May 2009, p.110]
  2. This one is solid from top to bottom.
  3. Roll On finds Cale back in vintage form.
  4. 80
    This is vintage front-porch Cale. [May 2009, p.79]
  5. The fact that he just turned 70 is hardly an issue here; old-guy music is the only kind Cale knows how to make. Roll On is best at its loosest.
  6. Supremely chill, utterly ageless, Cale's style fits him as perfectly as it did three decades ago.
  7. As ever, the subtlety and naturalness of his approach belies a craftman's attention to detail. [May 2009, p.110]

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  1. HughM
    Mar 29, 2009
    10
    If you every want perfect music to have a beer on the deck to, this is it. It is sooooo laid back. Once again JJ Cale has made music for the ears. LOVE IT!! Expand
  2. CraigH
    Feb 26, 2009
    9
    The master does it again.
  3. BrettD.
    Mar 30, 2009
    8
    Mr slow mofo, the jed clampett of song, swingin's like a hammock, pity about eric the c, on tittle track .
  4. HelenK
    Apr 27, 2009
    5
    I am afraid I disagree. I have been listening to J.J. since I was an early teenager and think this album is the most uncreative one of his career, maybe along with #8. The tunes have been heard 1000s of times before, the guitar is - I hate to say it - boring and uninspired. Roll on, J.J., don't end your wonderful music career with an album like this. Expand