Rhythm & Blues

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  • Summary: Produced by Tom Hambridge, the latest release for the multiple Grammy-winning blues musician includes guest appearances from Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart, Kid Roc, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, and Brad Whitford.
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  • Record Label: RCA
  • Genre(s): Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Regional Blues, Chicago Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Chicago Blues, Soul-Blues
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 23, 2013
    90
    Rhythm & Blues is a proper double album: each disc is notionally themed though, as you'd rightly expect, there's plenty of each. [Oct 2013, p.88]
  2. Aug 12, 2013
    80
    Whether he’s singing about his mother’s advice or the eternal blues staple, woman trouble, Mr. Guy hits home.
  3. Mojo
    Dec 18, 2013
    80
    One Day Away, with Urban, is country-lite, but everything else is heavy with the weight of Guy's skill and experience. [Jan 2014, p.101]
  4. Jul 29, 2013
    70
    It’s the sound of Buddy Guy, armed with his crooked smile and polka-dot guitar, reinforcing rather than reinventing what he has done. And it’s fun.
  5. It's loud, it's brash, it's real and it's utterly exhausting.
  6. Jul 29, 2013
    60
    If this package can sometimes feel a little too pat, put the blame on producer Tom Hambridge, who also helmed Skin Deep and Living Proof and now has a track record of pushing Guy just enough to form a narrative but not enough to break him out of the box.
  7. Jul 29, 2013
    40
    Guy's new album, Rhythm & Blues, spills onto two discs, one named "Rhythm" and the other "Blues," and the conceit would work if both halves of the album weren't each encrusted with the same indistinguishable cheese.

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  1. Nov 2, 2013
    10
    Buddy Guy has both defined and re-defined the Blues. This phenomenal record testifies to the never-ending relevance of the Blues, as well asBuddy Guy has both defined and re-defined the Blues. This phenomenal record testifies to the never-ending relevance of the Blues, as well as this man's permanent status as LEGEND. This album deserves to be heard, and hopefully gains the recognition of today's primarily blues-less crowd. Like a good wine, Buddy has gained further distinction and integrity with age, and like a good cheese, he's gotten even funkier too. This man is on fire. Expand