ROGER DALTRE DALTREY

AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU POLYDOR, OUT 1 JUNE

Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - MARK BLAKE

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

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