Blues rocker Anthony Gomes returns with Peace, Love, and Loud Guitars. Peace, Love, and Loud Guitars is a celebration of blues rock from an artist who’s not afraid to be who he is.
The album kicks off with the first single, “Come Down,” a tribute to BB King, who was a mentor and inspiration to Gomes. Anthony sings about how the world hasn’t been the same since the loss of King and asks for the great bluesman to come down from heaven. The rocking “White Trash Princess” follows and then a rocking blues number with “Blues In the First Degree.”
On Peace, Love, and Loud Guitars, Gomes also shows us a side of his playing we haven’t seen before. This is evident on the love ballad “Amazing,” which is a co-write with Mark Selby. Gomes’ guitar soars to the heavens which he asks B.B. King to come down from with an elegant, tender, and memorable solo. The title track is next and one of Gomes’ best songs to date. “Peace, Love, and Loud Guitars” is an unapologetic rock and roll song featuring an AC/DC style guitar riff and an anthemic sing-along chorus. Gomes belts “Peace, Love, and Loud Guitars,” which will be sure to get the audience going during a live set. “Stealin’ From The Devil” was one of the other singles released, it’s a great blues track and tribute to Robert Johnson.
As was the case with Electric Field Holler it’s easy for the listener to tell that Anthony is having a lot of fun on Peace, Love, and Loud Guitars. This is definitely on display with “Your Mama Wants To Do Me” (And Your Daddy Wants To Do Me In). There are also times where Anthony just straight up rocks out hard like on “Hard Road Easy.” The album concludes with the beautiful “Take Me Back Home,” a song about redemption where Anthony’s guitar soars once again.
Peace, Love, and Loud Guitars is without a doubt the best album of Anthony Gomes’ career. Gomes has been around the block in the blues rock scene and just continues to get better and better. This is a statement album from an artist helping to keep real, genuine, blues and rock music alive.
The Review: 9.5/10