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Blues - Released February 8, 2019 | Provogue Records

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Eric Gales spent a good portion of his career in the wilderness -- chalk it up to a combination of bad breaks and addiction -- but he came storming back in 2017 with Middle of the Road, his first album for Provogue/Mascot Records. Peaking at four on the Billboard Blues chart, Middle of the Road brought Gales back in a big way, giving him the confidence to push himself on its 2019 sequel Bookends. Working with producer Matt Wallace -- a stalwart of '90s alt-rock who worked with Maroon 5 after spending time with the Replacements and Faith No More -- Gales doesn't reinvent the wheel, but he does place a greater emphasis on singing and song than he has in the past. It's a subtle but notable difference, one that helps Bookends feel fuller and sharper than many of Gales' past albums and one that also accentuates the recovery undercurrents that flow through the album. By the time he teams up with guest vocalist Beth Hart for a slow-burning version of "With a Little Help from My Friends" -- the second notable cameo on the record, following Doyle Bramhall II's appearance on the neo-autobiographical epic "Southpaw Serenade" -- it's clear that Gales has managed to give not only familiar tunes but familiar blues-rock forms an identifiable stamp, born of both passion and precision. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Blues - Released February 24, 2017 | Provogue

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Blues - Released February 24, 2017 | Provogue

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Pop - Released January 1, 2001 | Geffen* Records

He's funky, he's streetwise, and comparisons to Jimi Hendrix are inevitable. At the ripe-old age of 25, Eric Gales, the acclaimed young guitarist, is back for his third installment, That's What I Am. An eclectic roster of guest artists join Gales for this go-round. Kenny Olson (guitar) of Kid Rock fame, Michael De Lorenzo (yes, the actor from TV's New York Undercover), and DJ Kilmore and Michael Einziger (guitar) of Incubus all lend their stylings to some tracks on That's What I Am. Tack on the album's producer/engineer Geza X, whose credits include work with Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and Meredith Brooks, and you have yourself one unique and bad-ass guitar-oriented disc. Lyrically, Gales is hip, sharp, and straightforward in telling his stories. All elements combined make for funky listening. "You Ugly," which features turntable scratching and a hip-hop vibe, best illustrates this cat's aforementioned attitude (part of the chorus goes, "Your face could stop a train"); it's one of the album's best moments. While most of the songs are gritty, in-your-face guitar-vocals tracks, a couple of numbers take on a more sentimental twist. "She Shines" is characterized by Gales' sweet and lofty vocals on the chorus and overdubs. The song's combination of funky guitar playing during the verses and breaks with Gales' harmonious vocal delivery in the choruses make for an engaging number. "Can't Go On" is another of the album's yearning love opuses. And with all these Jimi Hendrix references, Gales had to tip off his hat to the legend, which he does on a smoldering and raw version of "Foxey Lady." In a time when music sounds so much the same, Eric Gales offers up something fresh, exciting, and hip on this worthy musical collection. This type of work is sorely lacking in the music of 2001. This is a refreshing and entirely enjoyable listening experience. ~ Liana Jonas
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Blues - Released January 20, 2017 | Provogue

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Blues - Released December 28, 2016 | Provogue

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Blues - Released February 10, 2017 | Provogue

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Blues - Released February 10, 2017 | Provogue