micBefore veteran rocker Michael Stanley released The Ride, his eighth album in ten years, he gave the heads-up that this would be a different sounding record. Sure enough, The Ride contains several pleasant surprises but all in all there is one thing that long time fans won’t be surprised to discover…that Stanley has once again created a gem of an album.The Ride isn’t entirely immersed in the blues however. There are a few pop style tracks from more familiar Stanley territory including Michael Stanley“Lucky Again” and “I Can’t Wait.”  And then there is, in my opinion, the best song on the album and quite possibly one of the best songs that Stanley has ever recorded…”To Love Somebody.”  Stanley’s cover of this Bee Gee’s classic is my hands down favorite.  What begins as a stripped down version of the song with just Michael and a guitar, builds into a dramatic piece with powerful backing vocals provided by Don Dixon, resulting in an instant classic cover of…well, a classic.

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