Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Language of the Soul

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Language of the Soul is a wonderful change of pace for guitarist Ronnie Earl. The record is the first all-instrumental album Earl has recorded and, if anything, it’s even more successful than his full-fledged, band-oriented records. Working without vocals has given him the freedom to try all sorts of new things, whether it’s the jazzy interludes of “Indigo Burrell” or the gospel-flavored “I Am With You.” Earl’s compositions aren’t memorable in and of themselves (he wrote all but two of the cuts), yet they give him the opportunity to play freely. He comes up with some truly remarkable solo passages, offering definitive proof that he’s one of the best contemporary blues guitarists of the ’90s.

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