Review: Robin Trower – Something’s About To Change

Posted on: Friday, Feb 13, 2015

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Robin Trower – Something’s About To Change

(Manhaton Records- release date 09/03/15)

Ahead of a much-anticipated 17-date UK tour, a genuine British guitar hero, Robin Trower, releases his new album, “Something’s About To Change” – a strong 12-song collection that highlights his songwriting prowess and – fear not – his sublime guitar playing still in excellent order.

At 70, Trower remains a force to be reckoned with, still showing the class that perpetuated such essential 70’s albums as “Twice Removed From Yesterday”, and the classic of the genre, the essential “Bridge Of Sighs”, that I am sure is in the collection of every rock fan of a certain age!

“Something’s About To Change” was produced by long-time associate, Livingstone Brown, at Studio 91 in Newbury, and sees Robin Trower  himself on guitars, vocals and bass; and is aided and abetted by Chris Taggart (drums) and Luke Smith (organ) – who is to be found often sparring with Trower and at other times in the background.

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The music kicks off with the title cut, “Something’s About To Change”, a funky, grooving tune with trademark Trower guitar work, that broods nicely and his confident vocal; the bluesy, rolling “Fallen” follows, again with a lovely feel, with fine contributions from all the players again. The powerful “Riff No. 7 (Still Alive) is a stand out, with the emphasis on the song and groove, as opposed to overkill on the guitar work, exemplary as it is.

The lengthy slow blues of “Good Morning Midnight” captures a nice ‘late night’ atmosphere, with its six minutes plus giving Trower and fellow musicians plenty of time to stretch out; the similarly lengthy “Strange Love” is in the same territory with another warm , assured vocal and of course, more delicious guitar-a-plenty.

Elsewhere, “The One Saving Grace” is firmly back in the funk flavouring; and the pace gets taken down again for the mellow “Snakes And Ladders. The closing “Til I Reach Home” ends the album in fine style – again weighing in at six minutes plus – but again, it is immaculately played and sung – and shows that in the case of Robin Trower – class is definitely permanent!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.trowerpower.com

www.manhatonrecords.com

(Photo: Mike Prior)

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