Well, he's left it a while for album number six, because it's over thirty years since solo album number five arrived, "Good Advice". Of course, he's been busy with his main job in the Status Quo for quite some time, and inbetween he tinkled ivories for Pink Floyd and Roger Waters. But he's found time to put this together, and it's really rather good.
His solo material always veered between the whimsical and the heartfelt, and that's something that hasn't changed, as you will realise from the opener, which tells the tale of an Eberdein nicht oot wi' Roy Wood in a curry house. Hence 'Ruby And Roy'. It's not the only autobiographical song on offer, with 'I Was There When The Lights Went On' chipping in with some tales of playing with Jerry Lee Lewis and opening up Live Aid, amongst others. He then proceeds to drop as many names as humanly possible in the space of one song.
Mr Bown isn't the most technically proficient of singers, but his idiosyncratic voice can carry a tune along, and he's enlisted some seventies style chick backing singers to help along on the choruses. A lot of the music veers towards the seventies as well, but that's only to be expected, and I ain't complaining at the bluesy rock stylings of 'Tick My Box', the reflective look back at life, 'A Good Innings' and the chipper 'Right As Ninepence'. The album also sounds great, thanks to the production work of Quo / Judie Tzuke fella, Mike Paxman, and it even features the ever pleasurable bass guitar pluckings of Uriah Heep bass player, Trevor Bolder.
It's a wee cracker of an album, one that gets better with every play, and one which I will be playing for a while to come.