What does it sound like?:
I’ll come to that in due course, but this is more than a review, it’s a request, cos the recording I talk about is all but unavailable. I refer to “Unexpected”, a disc that was for sale and that I picked up at last weeks Graham Parker (&BS) duo gig a week ago. Played (quietly) as pre-show music and featured by one song within the understandably Parker predominant set, I gave it a punt, abetted by the support act’s statement that it was unavailable via the usual tax-dodging outlet etc. I should add I am one of those off folk who enjoys the other guy, if you understand and forgive the phrase. I have the albums by the Rumour and the one by the Attractions minus their modus. And i liked what I heard. On closer listening I liked it better. Crafted and honed old guy rock music, neither scary nor innovative, nether noisy nor challenging, just very well played, soothing and sound, songs to mellow to. Schwarz can certainly play guitar, has an unassuming voice and can rhyme a near-cliche with aplomb. OK, he isn’t ever going to tear the charts apart, but it is a better record than many who think and hope they might. Largely guitar, bass, keys, drums, stringed instruments courtesy Brin, it is just as comfy as old slippers, forgotten and found after decades seeking snappier shoes. OK, it’s 2 songs too long, the last 2 over-egging the hint of formulaicism, but still good by any comparisons with similar.
What does it all *mean*?
Nowt. 40 minutes soaking in a warm bath.
Goes well with…
Slippers, feet up, headphones or a drive in the car.
Might suit people who like…
Brinkley Schwarz (the band), the Rumour, similar sidemen solo projects like Henry Priestman or Anto Thistleshwaite
Dunno how to get it mind.