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Album Review

There's something irresistible about the sight of a grizzled 60-year-old man making scrappy, pared-down, punk-inflected power pop, especially when he's doing it as part of a no-frills trio. Hugh Cornwell, former leader of the legendary Stranglers, has never really gone away, but those who may have lost track of him since the Stranglers split have a great opportunity to remake their acquaintance with him on this very fine album. Those who had a hard time warming up to the Stranglers because of that band's unsure way with a melody will still find Cornwell's writing somewhat dry, but these days he makes up for it with sheer energetic tightness. Songs like "Banging on at the Same Old Beat" and "Wrong Side of the Tracks" are charmingly self-deprecating, and both evoke the late '70s in an entirely salutary way; the wryly titled "Philip K. Ridiculous" (get it? get it?) is a very fun instrumental; "Going to the City" sounds like a nod to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (every songwriter commits at least one of those during his or her career); and "Please Don't Put Me on a Slow Boat to Trowbridge," despite its slightly amateurish lyrical structure, is lots of fun as well.

Customer Reviews

you robbing gis

how can you charge £7.90 for this, its free on hugh's website

Hooverdam

Hugh Cornwall never fails - he is the Bob Dylan we never had !

SHAME ON YOU iTUNES

HOOVERDAM IS FREE TO DOWNLOAD ON HUGH CORNWALL'S WEBSITE AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED BY OTHER REVIEWERS.

BRILLIANT ALBUM.

Biography

Born: 28 August 1949 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The longtime frontman for the British punk outfit the Stranglers, Hugh Cornwell made his solo debut in 1979 with Nosferatu; a second solo effort, Wolf, was nine years in forthcoming, but in the decade to follow the singer proved relatively prolific, issuing Wired (retitled First Bus...
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