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This is Bob's fith solo album and first all new product for ten years.
I myself have been a fan of Bob Geldof since 1977 when The Boomtown Rats exploded on to the scene.
Many changes of musical style and direction have followed since those days with mixed results.
I am pleased to say that this is a fine collection of songs.The opening track "How I Roll" gives a slight nod to Lovin Spooful's "Summer In The City". "Blow Fish" and "Systematic Six Pack" are full on blusey rockers.The former grumpy old man sounds positively happy throughout the proceedings and none more so than the radio friendly track "Silly Pretty Thing".
Bob's backing band also deserve a mention ,from funky "She's a lover" to folk "Dazzled by You" and the mighty "To Live In Love" they sound great throughout. The album draws to an end with the very touching "Mary Says" the falsetto sung "Blow" and the stunning "Here's To You" (sounding very George Harrison).
There is also a hidden track in which Bob sums up his life in a comic Irish aire with piano and spoons.
I really wish Bob Geldof all the best with this album and hope to see him and his fantastic band back on the road again.