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Album Review

By the late '90s, Squeeze releases (Domino, in particular) had begun to feel workmanlike, but with two songwriters as brilliant and clever as Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, it seemed surprising. Following the tour behind Domino, Difford chose to stop touring, but Tilbrook wanted to continue on as he had before. This difference of opinion led Tilbrook to release his first album without Difford in nearly 25 years. The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook, titled by Tilbrook to reflect the improbability of going solo this late in his career, is a sparkling gem of a pop record. At once relaxed and meticulously crafted, it encapsulates all that has made Squeeze so great. Collaborating with artists such as Aimee Mann and Ron Sexsmith in the songwriting process, Tilbrook didn't completely go at it alone, but he did manage to craft an album as instantly accessible as anything Squeeze recorded. A bit of an R&B influence is tied in ("One Dark Moment"), as are Brian Wilson-like harmonies ("Morning"), but quintessential Squeeze songs are still sprinkled throughout. Synthesizers are more prevalent here than on the recent power poppy Squeeze discs, especially on songs like "Interviewing Randy Newman" and "Sunday Breakfast Treat," which sound like throwbacks to early Squeeze classics like "Goodbye Girl" and "Take Me, I'm Yours." And even though Chris Difford was responsible for writing most of the trademark quirky lyrics on Squeeze albums, Tilbrook manages to turn a good phrase himself. "Interviewing Randy Newman" is an especially good example; it's an autobiographical tale of an ill-fated interview Tilbrook conducted with the legendary Newman that Tilbrook himself says is "A true story. I wish it wasn't a true story, but it is." Being both clever and earnest were always two of the lyrical trademarks of Squeeze records. While fans may mourn the end (although it's more of a hiatus, according to Tilbrook) of the Difford/Tilbrook partnership, this release confirms that the magic is far from gone.

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The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook

First things first, although the album is titled "The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook" this is a "complete" solo album from one of the greatest singers in pop music today. (Be aware the song called "Sunday Breakfast Treat" was a bonus track on the original release of this CD that didn't make it on to iTunes (darn!, this is a great song-find it if you can). Now for the review...this "collection" of songs from the once front man of Squeeze finds tracks ranging from 'very Squeeze-like' to 'not-so Squeeze' like. "The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook" sounds like a man who was very anxious to release a album but in the process I think he may have overdone some of the tracks (heavy production seems to have buried some of the songs true depth). That is not to say that this is a bad album-quite to the contrary-this is a GREAT album, but it just doesn't sound like a "band" record (like the kind Squeeze used to release)-it sounds like Glenn Tilbrook is out there trying to shed some of the Squeeze duds and put on his comfortable clothes. If you are a Squeeze fan or a fan of sweet soulful voices (like the one Glenn Tilbrook has) then pick up this CD-you won't be sorry. Pay special attention to the tracks "You See Me" (this song is GREAT!) and "Morning" (also great) and be sure to look for Glenn out on the road as he is always out there singing his heart out night-after-night somewhere in America. Enjoy!

Pure Pop for Squeeze People

Glenn's first solo album doesn't disappoint. "You See Me" is a particular highlight along with my fave track "Parallel World". In 2001, Glenn toured America in an RV solo and acoustic to support this fab album and a documentary was made called "Glenn Tilbrook: One For The Road". It's the story of one man, two guitars and an RV and it's available on DVD worldwide. The film has gotten amazing reviews from Mojo, Q, Uncut and Word magazines in the UK and the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Paste, Harp and Magnet here in the US. The film is about doing what you love and loving what you do and Glenn is an inspiration to all.

Who is Glenn Tilbrook ?

OK, I am being cheeky. I love this guy. To me he is the best there is. The world waited a long time for Glenn's first solo album, and it was so worth the wait. Most of the stuff here is fantastic, and what isn't great is still listenable, well crafted pop. I enjoy a well produced recording, so this type of record making is right up my alley. Very well crafted nuggets. I agree with the other reviewer about Sunday Breakfast Treat, as it is one of my favorites on the store bought copy I own. Again, as per usual the reviews do not mention the incredible sound of this album. Glenn and his friends really worked on making each song a perfectly executed pop single, even though there really is no such thing as a single anymore. The opening track should have been the single of the year 2001.

Biography

Born: August 31, 1957 in Dulwich, London, England

Genre: Pop

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

Singer/composer Glenn Tilbrook teamed with lyricist/guitarist Chris Difford to lead Squeeze, one of the most acclaimed and longest-lived bands to emerge from the new wave era. Often regarded as the Lennon and McCartney of their generation, the duo's smart, sophisticated brand of pop never achieved commercial success commensurate with their critical favor, although singles like "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)," "Tempted," and "Black Coffee in Bed" remain timeless cult classics. Born August 31, 1957,...
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