Graham Bonnet Band – Day Out In Nowhere

8/10

Often prone to cliché, rock n roll lyrics aren’t always a blessing. Graham Bonnet is an exception, always offering thoroughly memorable words, often with a delicate twist. On his new offering, Bonnet amongst many other things reminisces about his childhood and youth (“David’s mom”, “Uncle John”) as well as his own fight for sobriety (“Twelve steps to heaven”), going on to everyday themes such as writer’s block (“It’s just a frickin’ song”). Never boring, seldom silly. And those words are delivered with a strength which belies the singer’s 74 years on planet Earth.
It’s truly remarkable that a man his age, having pressured his vocal cords more massively than most, can still sound this strong and vital. Add to this a great band highlighted by Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass and guitar wizard Conrado Pesinato, and the formula is complete. Among the guest artists are guitar player Jeff Loomis (Nevermore, Arch Enemy) and Bonnet’s old Rainbow colleague/ current Deep Purple keyboard wizard Don Airey. Still, the album’s most significant highlight may well be final number “Suzy”, where Bonnet sings unusually laid-back against a backdrop of strings.
Have you enjoyed Graham Bonnet’s tenures with Rainbow and/or Michael Schenker? Chances are high that “Day out in nowhere” will be a welcome addition to your Graham Bonnet collection.
Band: Graham Bonnet Band
Title: Day out in nowhere
Label: Frontiers
Date of release: 2022-05-13
Rate: 8/10
Stand Out Track: Twelve steps to Heaven
Country of Origin: USA

Graham Bonnet Band – Day Out In Nowhere

May 9, 2022

It's truly remarkable that a man his age, having pressured his vocal cords more massively than most, can still sound this strong and vital.

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