Hugh Cornwell, not that he really needed to, proves once and for all here that he is still as full of ideas as ever, on an album also available as a free MP3 from his own website.
Musically, this Liam Watson (White Stripes)-produced romp is an enjoyable razzle through the mind of the singer’s 17- year solo career. Opening with Wrong Side Of The Tracks, both a splendid pastiche of, and respectful answer to, Hendrix’s Crosstown Traffic, the pace rarely lets up on an LP that, in part due to its back-to-basics rock’n’roll aesthetic, makes it something of a cousin to the likes of Lou Reed’s storming 1988 LP, New York. There’s still a huge lump of gleeful tension on show too, as the LP flits between hefty riffery and skewed melody. “It’s a delightful nightmare” Hugh intones from behind boxy compression, musing on the nature of dreams, reality and love; verdant subject matter, presented dutifully by this ratted poet. The band-centric sonics place Cornwell as part of a unit rather than a soloist backed by a band. As a result this is a very coherent album with rather a timeless quality.