Gary Moore – Bad For You Baby (2008)

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by S. Victor Aaron

Moore never goes too long between studio releases; just last year we were here chatting up his then-new Close As You Get and now the Irish heavy blues-rocker is already back with another mixture of originals and classics, called Bad For You Baby. When Moore is in a blues state of mind you always know what you’re getting: blazing hot, arena-sized guitar licks, a scowling vocal and hard-rocking renditions of blues covers or songs that could easily be mistaken for such. You can put Bad For You Baby in a sack with the other ten or so blues-themed records he’s done since 1990’s Still Got The Blues, mix ‘um up and pick most any of them and not detect any change in the presentation. They’re all pretty predictable but they’re all consistently good, if not outstanding. Like Moore’s other blues records, though, some cuts stand out more than others. He’s got his usual quota of the slow burners like “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” and “Trouble Ain’t Far Behind” but he stretches those out to a ridiculously long ten minutes a piece. However, I do like the James Gang groove of “Umbrella Man.”

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