Music Connection Magazine Top-10 Album of the Year 1998
“This ivory tickling singer-songwriter is as real as it gets when it comes to New Orleans-styled bluesy rock. From popping horn arrangements to some heart-tugging barroom ballads, these dozen cuts are flawless. Cross Dr. John's gutsy vocals with the infectious beats of Harry Connick, Jr. and you might get some indication of why this works as well as it does. One of the strongest sleeper albums of the year.” MUSIC CONNECTION
“Bob Malone returns with the follow-up to his debut disc, The Darkest Part Of The Night, and the new album is more of his unique brand of funky, New Orleans-influenced R&B. The fact that he's Jersey-born and now living in sunny L.A. makes it that much more unique. Fortunately, genres don't respect state lines.
“As with his first album, Malone features lots of hot and heavy ivory tickling backed by horns aplenty. His gruff and soulful voice lets loose on tales of lovers ("Don't Tell Me Where You've Been, Just Show Me What You Know"); losers ("Table For One"); longing for home ("Goodbye L.A."), and a couple of great covers (John Hiatt's "Have A Little Faith In Me" and Loudon Wainwright's "Road Ode"). "Last Gasp Of A Single Man" is a funkified ode to those final moments of freedom before two little words take it all away. You get the feeling Malone will never write a song about tropical rain forests, and that's a good feeling.” PERFORMING SONGWRITER
Mix New Orleans rhythms, boogie-woogie piano and the lyrical sensibilities you might expect from Randy Newman. Throw in some influences from Dr. John to John Hiatt to Billy Joel. Like a rich jambalaya, the resulting piano-heavy tracks by Bob Malone have a thick, meaty base, plenty of seasoning and real substance. A deft example of Malone's double-fisted keyboard skills.” THE OMAHA READER
“Spiritual, cynical, songwriter, Crescent City influenced, West Coast NJ transplantee, heir to the legacy of Prof. Longhair and Dr. John, smooth yet sharp. Bob Malone is all this and more, in a wide ranging display of piano playing that is astute, funny and real. To quote his paraphrase of Duke, "it ain't worth nothing if it ain't got no soul." With a city-that-care-forgot insouciance, Bob unleashes musicality and sincerity that is eye opening, toe tapping and ear pleasing all together. Tight horns with an obligatory honking baritone accent Ray Charles-like charts which move over to syncopated ivory funk. Subject matter is diverse. From tales of gender influenced social interactions to geocultural out-of-placeness, Malone can tell a story with his Cocker-raspy, soulful voice! Few can capture the extremes so well, with joy and deep sorrow, slow soul, rockin' boogie, the odd Loudon or Hiatt cover or C&W written for the Euro-market all done the way Sir Bob does it. For the discerning CD player where one groove can't keep it together, Malone's the ticket.” BACKYARD BLUES MAGAZINE
“Malone's boogie-woogie blues stylings are well represented in his recent self-titled CD. Filled with bristling vocals and screeching horns, Malone covers everything from dysfunctional relationships and life on the road to smog. Monster chops and a keen sense of timing will insure Malone a lifelong career in the music business.” DAVIS ENTERPRISE
Los Angeles based BOB MALONE plays over 100 shows a year all over the world, and he has opened for and/or played with The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Boz Scaggs, Vonda Shepard, Arlo Guthrie, and many others. He was featured as a “One to Watch” artist on NPR’s Acoustic Cafe, as well as being on a Performing Songwriter Magazine Best of DIYs compilation CD. His music has been featured on Car Talk, and TV shows Dr. Phil, The Rachel Ray Show, Jag, and All My Children. “Born Too Late,” is being played on over 300 NPR and Adult Album Alternative radio stations, including steady rotation at XM Satellite Radio’s Bluesville and The Village. Bob is a three-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award for independent musicians.