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Artist: Gary Moore
Genre: Rock, Blues
Release Date: September 2002

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
4 stars out of 4

Gary Moore is one of those artists that will make you drop everything you are doing just to stop and listen, and with your mouth agape most of the time. Over the last several years, Moore has been headlong into making gutsy blues-rock based albums. According to the PR for "Scars," he went back to his rock roots on this outing. Speaking of scars, this man, along with countless others, must have a few of his own battle wounds after several decades toiling in the music business.

Those of you that have enjoyed his blues work will love this album. It is being touted as a rock release, and it most definitely rocks, but with the blues behind it to make it simmer to a full boil. Moore cannot help reaching back to the blues, he plays them with such intensity that it must come natural to go in that direction.

"Wasn't Born In Chicago," "Just Can't Let Go," and "My Baby (She's So Good To Me), which sounds like prime Stevie Ray, is some of the best blues-rock you could ever hope to hear. Hey, when you got it flaunt it, and this man can rock and play stinging deep-down-from-the-soul blues that can move mountains. "Ball And Chain" has more soul than a plate full of barbecued ribs, grits, and collard greens, it really smokes. Moore's performance on that song would make even Clapton blush.

A hard rock power trio they are not, I would have to call them a blues-rock power trio without reservation. I have some news, Gary Moore has not left the blues behind at all, and in fact, he is playing them stronger than ever on this recording.

1. When The Sun Goes Down
2. Rectify
3. Wasn't Born In Chicago
4. Stand Up
5. Just Can't Let You Go
6. My Baby (She's So Good To Me)
7. World Of Confusion
8. Ball And Chain
9. World Keep Turnin' Round
10. Who Knows (What Tomorrow May Bring) ?


Gary Moore-Guitar, vocals
Darrin Mooney-Drums
Cass Lewis-Bass, backing vocals



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