Storms of Life

Bernard Allison's debut album for Tone Cool, 2000's Across the Water, was a U.S. breakout release for the talented guitarist.

Bernard Allison's debut album for Tone Cool, 2000's Across the Water, was a U.S. breakout release for the talented guitarist. With Storms of Life, Allison shows that the powerhouse blues/rock sound that characterized its predecessor is an integral part of his repertoire. "Down South" and "Mean Town Blues" rock with a fierce intensity. Allison also demonstrates a growing versatility as a songwriter/player. "I Wanna Drive You Home" is a very cool slice of electrified country blues, and the instrumentals "Slip Slidin' " and "Speed Slide" showcase Allison's impressive slide guitar chops. "Reaching Out" is a terrific, jazzy song, coming from a musical mindset Allison should explore further. Also check out the Jimmy Reed vibe and the nasty guitar sound on "Fist Full of Dirt." Allison is in top form; expect career-defining albums from him for the rest of the decade.—PVV
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