Down Beat - p.663 stars out of 5
-- "[H]e takes a confident, loose-yet-composed course through his own soul-blues songs whose mood lies somewhere between wry irony and dead seriousness."
JazzTimes - p.91
"A profoundly soulful and charismatic front man, Junior also acquits himself as an accomplished songwriter and lyricist with an earthy, down-home sense of humor on his Telarc debut."
Living Blues - p.48
"His delivery is laidback and soulful. You can hear his blues roots....The overall sound of the album is clean and well-produced."
Personnel: John Lee Hooker, Jr. (vocals); Will "Roc" Griffin (vocals, keyboards); Jeffrey James Horan, Ray Rente, John Garcia, Jr. (guitar); Alphonso "AG" Guillory (saxophone); Frankie "B" Bailey (trumpet); Ric "Mighty Bone" Feliciano (trombone); Frank "Tebo" Thibeaux (bass instrument); Michael Rogers, Michael Skinner (drums); Rodrick Alexander, Darrell E. Anderson, James E. Hill Sr., Jimmy McClendon, Donald Raymond (background vocals).
Though he doesn't possess his father's charismatic delivery (his relaxed, chatty vocal style has a little more in common with R&B raconteurs like Gil Scott Heron), John Lee Hooker, Jr.'s set of jazzy, urban blues carries strong overtones of Hooker senior's signature acute observation and wit.