What does it sound like?:
I rather lost track of Hugh Cornwell after he left The Stranglers many years since, until 2016’s collaboration with John Cooper-Clarke, on which he put in a sterling performance, Here, he returns with his first solo effort since 2012. an album inspired by remarkable and sometimes infamous figures from the last century. Indeed, the album was initially inspired by his own mother, but quickly moved on to touch on such luminaries as Ray Harryhausen, Mussolini, Mose Allison and Evel Knievel – a more diverse set of characters would be hard to come up with – although I could equally well mention the albums most successful ideas, tributes to Lou Reed (Mr Leather), Sgt Bilko and Hedy Lamarr. Goodness me, there’s even a song about Robert Mugabe, so you can see Hugh has cast his net far and wide, sometimes with better results than others it has to be said. Overall though, this isn’t a bad effort at all and rather surprised me actually. There’s also a second cd (Restoration) on which he has acoustically reinterpreted ten Stranglers songs in a sort of unplugged format. Although there are a few obvious ones, Always The Sun for example, he’s wisely I think mostly gone for the more obscure side of their catalogue with pieces like Don’t Bring Harry, Outside Tokyo, Goodnight Toulouse and Let Me down Easy to name just a few. Mostly they work surprisingly well, although it is rather odd hearing No More Heroes in this style!
What does it all *mean*?
Overall, an interesting collection – a few pieces don’t really come off but all in all a commendable effort.
Goes well with…
A history book on the twentieth century.
Might suit people who like…
Stranglers, the album with JCC, amps off style music.