Robin Trower has always been a fan-pleaser, turning out new albums regularly and touring in the US (but sadly not the UK yet)every year, but each successive release has tended to appeal to a narrowing fan base. No longer. Go My Way is a terrific return to the form of the 1970s on which his reputation was built. The title track is an 8-minute extravaganza that will become as popular live as Bridge Of Sighs. The rest of the album is as consistent. There are two reasons for the album's success. First, Trower is now his own vocalist. He tried singing first on last year's blues-based album. Now, more confident, he is stretching his vocals further and they complement the songs beautifully. In fact, his singing appears to have changed in part the way Trower writes: vocal and guitar lines are now sparring off each other in a way difficult to achieve when the two are carried by different people. Second, on this album for the first time, Trower has used acoustic guitar as an extensive back-filler, giving his songs added depth and texture as Townshend did on Who's Next. The effect is mesmerising. If you like electric guitar with feeling, buy this album. You won't be disappointed.
Robin Trower has with the release of 'Go My Way' marked a return to his best music since his classic 'Bridge of Sighs' days back in the 70's. Trower's own brand of psychedelic blues/rock has often been compared with that of Jimi Hendrix and this becomes immediately apparent on first listening. The fundamental difference is that Trower drowns you in the blues like few other guitarists can. His collaborations over the years with successive vocalists have now given way to bearing his own heart and soul as a singer leaving Richard Watts as vocalist on three of the tracks. 'Go my way', the title track unleashes classic Trower as we know and love for over 9 minutes! What follows is an album which will undoubtedly stand the test of time as did his best earlier cuts. For those of you not yet familiar with his music, do yourself a favour and check him out! You won't believe what you've been missing all these years!
After buying the 1999 album Someday Blues which trower himself said he loved doing I just could'nt see it. You can never replace the incredible vocals of James Dewar but there was Trower providing the vocals himself on what I found a very ordinary blues album. So how can there be such a transformation a year later on the album Go My Way. The songwriting is some of the best material I have ever heard from Trower and I have got everything he has ever done. He has found a vocalist Richard Watts who covers three tracks brilliantly and he sings the rest himself and it really works. This is the best blues album I have bought in a long long time and I cannot beleive how fresh it sounds bearing in mind how long he has been going. An absolute brilliant album.
Ex-Procol Harum axeman returns with umpteenth album of Clapton and Hendrix influenced blues-rock. While Trower's early work strongly recalled that of Hendrix, with long spacey solos and introspective, mystical lyrics (1974's "Bridge of Sighs" is well worth checking out if you haven't already), Trower also showed us that he could rock on 1980's "Victims of the Fury". By then, he's also found a style and tone all of his own. This album delivers a bit of both, and shows that there's life in the old master yet. The tracks are either fast or slow, simple or complex, and are kept afloat by a competent and straightforward rhythm section. For lovers of classic guitar based progressive adult rock, you won't be disappointed with this album. The cat with the strat is back.
I received it yesterday and have played it almost none stop since. It's an album more akin to say, the "Living out of time" sound but somehow more expansive, more modern, more guitar-orientated, more..well sound AND there's plenty (and I mean plenty) of Trower solos to boot.
I really like this album in so many ways and it works at many levels. This is an album all Trower fans will adore. It's an excellent album that sits very comfortably after so many mediocre albums (Trower's middle period).
An album that is one of Trower's best and that is a great compliment considering the quality of his best work.