Wim S. : He has been cast in the blues at an early age, Ronnie Brooks. He is the son of Lonnie Brooks. And Lonnie was the main inspiration for bands and artists like Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter and Junior Wells. With Lonnie being his dad, it was not so hard to get on stage at a very young age beside people like Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy. Not bad, now is it? ‘Times Have Changed’ is the first album of Brooks for 10 years. Together with producer Steve Jordan (Stevie Wonder, John Mayer), he went to work in Memphis. He immediately took the opportunity to play with the top of the league of the Memphis music scene on his album. So you hear people like Steve Cropper (Booker T. & The M.G's) Archie Turner (Al Green) and R & B icon Angie Stone on this album.
Well, all more than impressive names, right? But nevertheless I am going to be very short about the music of Brooks. Because this album has nothing to do with metal or even rock. Not even with blues rock! It's very laid back blues and soul what we hear. Sometimes instrumental (along with his father in ‘Twine Time’), sometimes with relaxed vocals and some raps (‘Times Have Changed’) but most subdued. The guitar parts are very thick on top but nevertheless the guitars are not dominant. That says something about the rest of the instrumentation. It regularly reminds me of the work of Robert Cray: you hear a lot of guitar but not in your face, if you know what I mean. Personally, I can sure listen to this music, but let's be honest: this is an example of an album that does not really belong in a metal e-zine, even for an open-minded one like we are.