Hittin' The Note

The Allman Brothers Band

Peach/Sanctuary Records, 2003


REVIEW BY: Mark Kadzielawa


This is a really great record.

It's been almost a decade since the last studio album from the Allman Brothers Band. I thought that perhaps ABB didn't have anything new to say anymore, and had decided to just stick to being a live attraction. Then few years back, the band split up with guitarist Dickey Betts. On the other hand, this brought back six-stringer Warren Haynes. The results of such splits and shuffles can be very unpredictable -- very good, or simply disastrous. In case of Allman Brothers Band it must've worked out for the best. The music speaks for itself here.

Hittin' The Note is a very flowing album. After just one listen, you want to listen to it again, and again. As for the standout tracks, my favorite appears to be "Desdemona." I wonder what the long-time fans think about this album, but I have a feeling the feedback must be positive. I'm fairly a new ABB fan, but I'm very taken with the record.

Technically, there's so much great playing going on, every note is in place. These guys have a distinct style, and are absolutely professionals when it comes to executing the music. The new faces in the band provide the spark that ABB needed to take their music into the new millennium. There's definite feel of excitement, and a sound of a band that is very happy.

One other cool thing about this album is that it defends itself in every setting. I managed to play it at home, in the car, even during family functions, and it always passed the test. It's truly one of those records for every occasion.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Rating: A

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