As the Year of the Blues wanes, it is more than appropriate to hear from Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters, especially when what he has to offer is the best album of his career.

As the Year of the Blues wanes, it is more than appropriate to hear from Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters, especially when what he has to offer is the best album of his career. Sure, it is fine to be known as Muddy Waters' son, but Morganfield lays down a dozen tunes here (11 of which are originals) that signal he is his own cat. Killer acoustic numbers like "Evil," "Feel Like Dyin' " and "Left Alone" (the best song on the album) vie for attention with the muscled-up blues shuffle "Strong Love," the soulful sophistication of "Trapped" and the tumultuous boogie groove of "Boogie Child." "Blues in the Blood" places the artist in the front rank of the genre. Like his father, Morganfield is the real deal.—PVV