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In his time, Buddy Guy has redefined Chicago blues and influenced rockers from Jeff Beck to the Rolling Stones, said Jeff Johnson in the Chicago Sun-Times. Guy’s latest album doesn’t break new ground, and in fact “starts off like a laundry list of every cliché in the bluesman’s tool kit.” But things get interesting thanks to inspired ax-play with guest guitarists Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph, and Derek Trucks. Guy is clearly “on his game,” said Ken Capobianco in The Boston Globe. When he trades licks with Clapton on “Every Time I Sing the Blues,” their fretwork “leaves vapors.” Yet the guest stars may have been superfluous, since Guy nails these 12 originals on his own. Whether providing sly vocals on “Smell the Funk,” or laying down riffs that “leave you cross-eyed” on “Lyin’ Like a Dog,” Guy proves that at 72 he still has plenty left in the tank. He does slip a little on the title track, said Mark Kemp in Rolling Stone. The song is meant to deliver a social message, but Guy is “a bluesman, not a protest singer.” He’s much more in his element finding the perfect balance of fire and restraint on “I Found Happiness,” and “you best believe that’s what he’s done.”

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