by Lisa Schreiner
Though this is the twelfth studio album from Blues Traveler, Blow Up the Moon is the first time the band had
collaborated with other bands and artists on one of their own albums. In fact, every single song on this album includes one or more artist collaborations. Of course the distinct Blues Traveler sound can be heard throughout Blow Up the Moon, but this is definitely different than anything they’ve done; and that’s what makes this album fantastic. With fourteen songs stretched across a vast field of many genres like rock, blues, reggae, pop and country, it is impossible for the listener to become bored. Often with albums, there are maybe three or four really great songs and the rest could be seen as “fillers”; not the case with Blow Up the Moon. There is such diversity that the only thing you want to do is put it on repeat and stir the melting pot again.
Lending their talent on the album, you’ll find the likes of Hanson, 3OH!3, The Dirty Heads, Rome Ramirez (of 311), JC Chasez, Jewel, Traveler & Thompson, Bowling For Soup and Plain White T’s. With each collaboration, the artist/band leaves their mark so that combined with Blues Traveler’s unique sound, it hits all of the pleasure nerves on your musical pallet. Sure I could list tracks and their sounds, but I’d rather you discover them yourself. Take a listen to Blow Up the Moon. You’ll find that it will remain a constant on your playlist.