Though Bobby "Blue" (which he dispenses with for this release) Bland is often celebrated for his '50s recordings, the fact is that he worked continuously for the rest of the century. He's in fine voice on 1982's HERE WE GO AGAIN, growling seductively on the slow ballads and emoting with confidence and vigor throughout.
The album is full of high points, nicely orchestrated and luxuriously arranged and produced. "Never Let Me Go" matches Bland and his rhythm section with silky strings and a contrasting flute. And "Don't Go to Strangers" is a marvel of warmth and passion, complete with a soulful trombone solo. Strong material and sympathetic production make this overlooked release a quiet winner. It's as timeless as the blues can be, relevant and riveting in any decade.