Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa have undeniable chemistry. “Seesaw,” their second album together, is a collection of covers consisting of mostly obscure songs and a few well known ones by artists they both admire.
Beth Hart is not as well known as she should be. She proves her worth as her smoky voice and sexy vibrato breathe new life into Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” and Etta James’ “A Sunday Kind of Love.” Ike and Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits” shows the raspier side of Hart’s voice and the scream she lets out in the middle of Buddy Miles’ “Miss Lady” would make Janis Joplin sit up in her grave and say, “DAMN!”
Bonamassa’s guitar fireworks are the perfect complement to Hart’s voice in these songs, especially during Donnie Hathaway’s classic “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know,” which fans everywhere agree is the highlight of this record.
Any album from Beth Hart or Joe Bonamassa makes for an enjoyable listening experience but when they join forces, the music touches your soul. I hope they continue to make records together because it’s hard to find musicians this talented pouring their hearts out for the love of the songs.
Tim Taylor is a writer for Zoiks! Online, and is based in Dallas, TX. Follow him on Twitter at @nutgoat. Email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.