Friday, July 29, 2011

Richie Sambora - Stranger In This Town

Year of release: 1991
Genre: (Hard) Rock/Blues
Country: U.S.A.

01. Rest In Peace
02. Church Of Desire
03. Stranger In This Town
04. Ballad Of Youth
05. One Light Burning
06. Mr. Bluesman
07. Rosie
08. River Of Love
09. Father Time
10. The Answer

In a few words:
The guitarist of Bon Jovi released his first solo album 20 years ago. In his main band Richie is overshadowed by John. However, this is unfair if you ask my opinion. Richie is a very good guitarist with a very blues-y style. In his solo album you will discover that he has a very good voice too. The album differs from the typical anthemic hard rock style of (early) Bon Jovi. The songs balance between (hard) rock and blues, between slow and fast, between ballads and (hard) rock dynamites. Richie's style is influenced by many great guitarists, such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix (Richie has covered the "The Wind Cries Mary") and Eric Clapton. In fact, Clapton plays a guitar solo on Mr.Bluesman. To sum up, "Stranger In This Town" is a very good "mainstream" album  that you should listen.


Personal highlights: 
"Church Of Desire", "Rosie" and "Father Time"