Title - 'Ride Out: Deluxe Edition' (Capitol)
Artist - Bob Seger
On his 17th studio album, Ride Out we find Bob Seger holding true to his legendary sound, effortlessly marrying blues, country, and heartland soul into his trademark brand of Motor City rock 'n roll.
On this brand new album, Seger offers a collection of new songs that are a powerful and personal addition to the Grammy Award-winning rocker's extraordinary catalog, rich with character and passion, and the great American songwriter's always compelling take on the world around him.
This highly-impressive new album kicks-off with the John Haitt cover, 'Detroit Made,' a song that fairly pounds out of the speakers, and he backs that up with both 'Hey Gypsy' (which sounds like Stevie Ray Vaughan break out at any given moment) and the mid-tempo 'The Devil's Right Hand' (written by Steve Earle, a story about the bad things that happen when a pistol is in someone's hand).
The upbeat, funky vibe of the title track, 'Ride Out' is next, and showcases a bold new Seger on vocals, and is backed by the guitar-plucking, semi-spoken word, 'Adam And Eve.' Not what I was expecting to find on this new album, but sung along with Laura Creamer, it has a nice vibe, none the less. Oh, and the banjo is played by Seger himself!
The mid-tempo, gently flow of the Wilco/Wood Guthrie cover, 'California Stars' is next, and that's followed by the Save Our World anthem, 'It's Your World.' A song that sounds like it could have come from his classic Against the Wind album, 'All Of The Roads' is along next, and is backed by the slow paced ballad, 'You Take Me In.'
With four of the thirteen songs on this CD not written by Seger, the storytelling of 'Gates Of Eden' is next, the acoustic flight of fingers, country pop bounce of 'Listen,' and then this deluxe edition of Ride Out comes to a close with both 'The Fireman's Talkin' and then finally, 'Let The River's Run.' My verdict is that, even as an aging Seger fan, you might not get it the first time, so please give it a second and third spin to allow it to truly begin to sit well with you.
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk