Alan Paul
March 09, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

Blues wild man Guy tones down the fretboard fireworks on Heavy Love, his most consistent effort since 1991’s Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues, focusing instead on tight songs, concise, off-kilter solos, funk-tinged grooves, and impassioned vocals. The 62-year-old still burns with a teenager’s fire, gleefully showing 17-year-old Jonny Lang the ropes on ”Midnight Train” and investing even the few flat tunes with enough energy to power a small town. B+

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