ROGER DALTRE DALTREY
AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU POLYDOR, OUT 1 JUNE
The Who frontman revisits his yoof on bruising ninth solo album.
Before The Who became The Who, they played soul and blues in West London pubs. Here, Roger Daltrey returns to the music of his adolescence, corralling nine covers and two like-minded originals. Like Going Home, his 2014 album with Wilko Johnson, it’s the ideal fit for that weathered voice. Pete Townshend plays guest guitar, but never impinges. This is the Daltrey show: swinging between Get On Out Of The Rain’s heavy funk, testifying R&B on As Long As I Have You and the countrysoul of Certified Rose. There’s only one misstep, a sluggish take on Nick Cave’s Into My Arms. Otherwise, just as with The Who, Daltrey climbs inside every song, slaps it around a bit and makes it his own. Listen To: As Long As I Have You | How Far | Get On Out Of The Rain