Rolling Stone (4/1/93, p.53) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...Guy reigns supreme among flashy, high-energy blues guitarists....these songs sound tailor-made for Guy's heated, gospelish vocal turns..."
Spin (5/93, pp.84-85) - Highly Recommended - "...achieves a greater cohesiveness than anything he's recorded to date....Guy's great gift is that he can create revolutions without knocking walls down..."
Entertainment Weekly (4/2/93, p.53) - "...when he starts strafing the landscape, it's hard not to surrender to the blinding intensity of this living legend's white-hot blues..." - Rating: B-
Q (4/93, p.82) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...an unreconstructed dude who has no qualms about cranking the axe to 10 and letting rip....Guy plays to his strengths--stringmanship and singing--while letting others take a the songwriting strain..."
Personnel: Buddy Guy (vocals, guitar); David Grissom, Johnny Lee Schell, John Porter (guitar); Jimmy Powers (harmonica); Marty Grebb (tenor & baritone saxophones, piano, organ, background vocals); Bill Payne (piano, keyboards); Ian McLagen (Wurlitzer piano); John Philip Shenal (organ, synthesizers); Mick Weaver (organ); Tom Canning (Hammond organ); Rick Cortes, Greg Rzab (bass); Richie Hayward, Joe Yuele (drums); Tony Braunagle (percussion); Renee Geyer, Mike Finnegan (background vocals).
Texicali Horns: Joe Sublett (tenor saxophone); Darrell Leonard (trumpet).
FEELS LIKE RAIN won the 1994 Grammy Award for "Contemporary Blues Album."
Buddy Guy, the God of electric Chicago blues, has been one of the single most important influences on generations of blues and rock guitarists. His fluid yet blistering style has fueled the inspiration of many, and his down-to-business vocals add to a forceful, dynamic sound.
On FEELS LIKE RAIN, Guy's explosive guitar detonates from the first track, and throughout this award-winning "comeback" album he does not let up. Interpreting songwriters who aren't necessarily known as bluesmen--John Fogerty and John Hiatt among them--Buddy Guy rips into the material, fragmenting all genres with his fervent vocals and aggresive guitar work. Pugnacious tracks like "I Go Crazy" and "Country Man" hint at the fact that this is not an easy-listening blues collection. Even when the mood is tempered on cuts like the R&B/jazz-tinged "Mary Ann" and the slow-tempo'd, simmering gospel blues, "Sufferin' Mind," he bursts out with shrapnel directed at the soul. There's also a shimmering, horn-filled rhythm & roll cover of Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man." Electric in every sense, FEELS LIKE RAIN feels like a lightning bolt to the gut.
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