I saw EJ one night years ago after Aviah came out. I had front row seats, and it was rather life changing. Id seen him before as opener for J. Satriani, but EJ was the show, and listening to Tones takes me back to that exquisite guitar work that era that only EJ can perform.
Tones is a masterpiece of fretting, fingerpicking and composition that could only come from Eric Johnson. In terms of overall rating, id have to say Tones is a masterpiece of composition that's equal, or better than, any other E. Johnson album he's ever released. The background vocals and arranging on "Get You off My Mind", are reason enough to acquire it, but there is so much more to this record.
Def in my top 10 of all time.