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Inspired by a brief Mott the Hoople reunion and by the fact that, at 72, he's a celebrated rock 'n' roll veteran, Ian Hunter plays the music of his youth with the same determination and sonic power that made him a top-shelf rocker in the '70s. He doesn't try to do too much; he just assembled a crack band and lets it loose. "What For" is a commanding vintage rocker that sways with Stones-like guitars and a raucous all-hands-on-deck vocal ensemble. "Saint" works similarly, with a compact punch that's pure roots-rock. The fury of "Black Tears" blazes like it came off a stage in the '70s. "Life" rolls along with a hard-edged wisdom that shares a vocal likeness to latter-day Dylan, with a similar feeling of staring down a legacy. The Rant Band provides just the right organic chemistry, keeping the dialogue open between the singer and the band. The musicians here never play like robots, but like a living, breathing band, taking their cues from the lyrics and each other.

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When I'm President

It has taken 73 years for Ian Hunter to produce this, the finest solo album he has released to date. As a lifelong fan of any pop or rock icon, you can usually expect to spend the latter years reflecting on the glory days whilst forgiving your idol for being past his/her best as long as they continue to trot out some of the old classics. Hunter has never short-changed his fans by resting on his laurels and his willingness to stick his neck out time and time again is admirable. In short, Ian Hunter is quite unique: he has matured with age and his music is now at its peak. Quite an achievement.
When I'm President, the title track, is one of the poppiest tunes ever to be strummed on his guitar but is it classic Hunter: punchy, witty, catchy. Black Tears is very bluesy and moody and gets better every time you hear it while Just there Way you Look Tonight betrays his romantic side and could easily become a country classic.
Perhaps the most unusual offering on the album is Ta Shunka Witco, a song inspired by Ian's interest in the Red Indians. I only truly got the significance of this when I watched him and the Rant band perform it live, noting that they immersed themselves in simply playing it. A musicians tune, obviously.
I can thoroughly recommend this album to anyone - whether they are Ian Hunter fans or not. Mott the Hoople it ain't but brilliant nonetheless.

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A great collection of songs on this album. Some of ian Hunter's strongest compositions i reckon. The Track "when i'm president" is beautiful lyrically and musically.

Wilf burgess

Just brill

When I'm President, Ian Hunter & The Rant Band
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