What does it sound like?:
Hot on the heels of the 10cc set reviewed recently, comes this two cd look back at Eric Stewart’s work.
All told, Stewart released four solo records, although the most recent of them is 2009’s Viva La Difference, so he’s not exactly been prolific of late. Although this set has apparently been put together by him personally, the ordering of the tracks is rather odd, with blocks of tracks from his various efforts (Frooty Rooties, Do Not Bend, Girls and Viva La Difference) randomly scattered around the two cds for no apparent rhyme or reason – perhaps there is some logic to it, but it escapes me I’m afraid. As to the music itself, it’s ok without being earth shattering. Think of the 10cc songs he took a lead role in and you won’t be too wide of the mark, although sometimes they tend to edge towards being too clever for their own good, and there’s not much here that would have made passed quality control for a 10cc album when they were in their prime. Perhaps with the input of the other band members, some of these could have been transformed into a better finished product, who knows.
Although it mainly covers his four solo records, there are also a few tracks from the final 10cc album, the pretty obscure and overlooked, and to be honest not that great, Mirror, Mirror. Maybe the most notable inclusion is the track Yvonne’s The One, which was written with Paul McCartney during the Press To Play sessions but was never used by Macca – this version is taken from the aforementioned Mirror, Mirror album. Some tracks are available on cd for the first time, but this is overall quite a patchy affair, although there is a decent interview about the making of the albums in the booklet.
What does it all *mean*?
Rather a curiously compiled album – good in parts, not so good in others but mostly pretty average fare. Maybe he worked better in a band enviroment with others to bounce ideas off and maybe tell him when his own material wasn’t up to scratch.
Goes well with…
An evening of 10cc.
Might suit people who like…
Catchy but forgettable pop songs.