Robert Jon and the Wreck: Last Light on the Highway Review

Since the band’s inception in 2011, Robert Jon and the Wreck have been one of the most consistent bands in blues rock turning out solid records on a near year to year basis. The group fronted by Robert Jon Burrison has experienced some lineup changes over the years, but the quality has not deterred. While Robert Jon and the Wreck landed on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2015 and 2016, the band deserves more attention. Momentum is building and that should continue with Last Light on the Highway.

The album starts off with the southern rock of “Oh Miss Carolina,” which is the first single. “We’ve all been in a relationship that ended and imagined, what if things would have gone differently,” Burrison says about the track. “Work It Out” follows, which adds horns to the mix and backing vocals in the chorus. “Can’t Stand It” features a catchy chorus and a cool guitar harmony. Robert Jon and the Wreck do a great job of making their music accessible without compromising. “Tired of Drinking Alone” is a radio-friendly tune with a memorable and lifting chorus featuring tasteful slide guitar throughout.  “Do You Remember” is a song about reminiscing and another album standout. The theme of Last Light on the Highway is relationships and that continues on “This Time Around.” “Don’t Let Me Go” features a gritty riff from Henry James and more strong hooks.

Robert Jon and the Wreck definitely take some different directions on the album, too. “One Last Time” prominently features Steve Maggiora’s keys and is a song about reflection and living in the moment. Henry James gets a chance to shine here as well with a great guitar solo. “Gold” is a ballad about a bad breakup. The album closes with the title track, which comes in two parts. “Part 1” is a stripped down, intimate performance while “Part 2” turns into an epic jam, which will play out great in a live setting.

Robert Jon and the Wreck delivers its best album to date with Last Light on the Highway. Considering the strength of the band’s catalog that’s saying something. Last Light on the Highway is filled with memorable hooks and will be in the conversation for year end awards. It’s a highly recommended album from start to finish.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Oh Miss Carolina
– Can’t Stand It
– Tired of Drinking Alone
– Do You Remember
– Don’t Let Me Go

The Big Hit

– Tired of Drinking Alone

Review by Pete Francis

Buy the album: Amazon | Amazon UK

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