Old Bob puts more passion into these 16 tracks (15 covers) than most do in an entire career. It's his "Blues album" - but it aint some dewy-eyed homage, but a slightly-subversive typically Palmer take on things. And it's all the better for it. And full of humour too.
I've never heard RP sounding better - which is great, 'cause he's been so quiet the last few years I'd assumed he'd given up. God knows how many towels he got through cutting this, because it sounds like he sweated the equivalent of Lake Como. He fizzes and ferments, sears and scorns, labours and laments. It's great stuff. He's having fun - and his band are too.
Highlights for me are "Dr Zhivago's Train" (with its odd meter, and imagery), the standard "I Need Your Love So Bad" (and boy does he sound like he needs it bad), and a stinging cover of ZZ Top's "TV Dinners".