Album Review: "Young Blood" by Marcus King (8/10)

Marcus King

Young Blood

American Records/Republic

Producer: Dan Auerbach

In case there was any doubt, revved-up blues is Marcus King’s passion. That fact is clearer than ever on the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his Grammy-nominated debut. Returning to the studio with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys as producer, the tender-aged guitar phenom follows strongly in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix. Any aficionado of the voodoo child should automatically connect. King’s vocals are dripping with soul, too, but a ballad or instrumental excursion would do much to add visionary breadth.