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Album Review

Alan Hull's third solo album, and his last before Lindisfarne reconvened in 1979, follows firmly in the footsteps of its two predecessors, while advancing their musical outlook towards entire new pastures. Indeed, a crack band and lush production could lure you into mistaking the opening "I Wish You Well" for any number of contemporary MOR troubadours, although the self-deprecating "Anywhere Is Everywhere" quickly brings your ears back to basics, a rock & rolling singalong that finds Hull sounding as sharp and sassy as he ever did in the past... and ever would in the future. Brilliant stuff. Elsewhere, "Dancing (On the Judgement Day)," "Madmen and Loonies," and the punchily prescient "Corporation Rock" all haul Hull's dry sense of humor back into view, while the 2007 CD reissue expands the original LP with no less than nine bonus tracks, including four from Hull's 1977 Radiator project, and five excellent demos.

Biography

Born: 20 February 1945 in Benwell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyn

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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

Best known as the co-founder, leader, and principal songwriter of the Newcastle folk-based rock band Lindisfarne, Alan Hull also pursued a successful career as a solo performer, specializing in original songs. At one time, amid Lindisfarne's early successes, Hull was being hailed as the most innovative songwriter since Bob Dylan, and although Lindisfarne's subsequent albums didn't remotely achieve this level of promise, his solo material was consistently strong. Hailing from Newcastle, where he was...
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