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Good in parts, but needs a R n' B vocalist
on 1 March 2015
This is an LP looking for a vocalist. Daltrey is a rocker who, let's face it, is past his best and not a R n' B singer. At times it grates as he tries to make up for his lack of range by bawling. I don't dislike Daltrey and his vocals with The Who are great, but not what is wanted here. On the Live section of the bonus CD, it matters less. The "Wilko" versions of songs on the bonus CD also suffer from weak vocals.
Some of the tracks are brilliant. You could close your eyes listening to the studio tracks on CD one and believe you were in a heaving steamy pub with a pint in your hand. Take out Daltrey's vocals and it could be perfect, as the band play brilliantly. Some tracks work with Daltrey's vocals, some don't. Wilko's riffing is still there, chopping away as he does best with the other band members steaming along.
It's a bit of an average LP, in the same way that with your head in an oven and your feet in freezer, on average, you feel at the right temperature.