lunedì 28 novembre 2011

John Squire "Time Changes Everything"

Ma si, andiamo pure a rispolverare sta mezza porcheria. Tanto adesso tutti parlano degli Stone Roses, che si sono riformati, che partono col tour, che sono ancora tutti amici come prima, che faranno roba nuova...e vabbè, allora parliamo anche di disastri usciti prima di questa bella notizia (bella fino a quando non sentirò le prime cose nuove ovviamente o li vedrò dal vivo e magari sono disastrati).
Sta di fatto che dopo i Roses e i Seahorses il nostro John deposita i pennelli e prende ancora in mano la chitarra per fare sto dischetto che puzza d'America, di Bob Dylan, di noia mortale tipo le schifezze che potrebbe fare quel cadavere di Mark Knopfler e lui canta pure piuttosto maluccio. Insomma, che discaccio! (2002 North Country)

To say that Time Changes Everything has been a long time coming would be an understatement. And for John Squire, time does indeed change everything--the band line-ups perhaps more than anything else.
Whereas his previous incarnation--the doomed Seahorses--had perhaps three (well, three and a half) moments of genius ("Love Is the Law", etc) with a clutch of turgid, tuneless insults filling up the rest of the album--his debut solo effort is a much more balanced affair. Whether that is a good thing or not is debatable.
Working closely with coproducer of the Stone Roses' Second Coming (another long-awaited Squire disappointment), the most immediate thing about Time Changes Everything is hearing Squire's voice for the first time--it growls like a whiskey-drowned Van Morrison and is both surprising and engaging.
The tunes, about "country boys" and "the eye of a hurricane" are, if nothing else, original (for Squire) but it sounds at times like his voice influenced this style of music more than the other way round.
Rootsy, American influenced warblings such as "I Miss You" and the heartfelt "Time Changes Everything" are winners, even if they are strangely familiar in that way that makes you think you've heard all of Proud Mary's songs before. It's interesting, but lacking the genius (or glimpses of it) that has characterised and redeemed his past projects. (Ben Johncock -

- Joe Louis
- I Miss You
- Shine a Little Light
- Time Changes Everything
- Welcome to the Valley
- 15 Days
- Transatlantic Near Death Experience
- All I really Want
- Strange Feeling
- Sophia


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