I go for as much feeling as I can rather than show what I can do up and down the neck. I don’t play to show people ability. ~ Robin Trower
I didn’t know what to expect when I started listening to Robin Trower’s latest album “Something’s About To Change.” I quickly realized that being in workout mode at the gym wasn’t the best place to be listening to this for the first time. The music featured here required a serious listen in a relaxed atmosphere.
Sunday morning I got my opportunity to listen and ride that musical wave; temporarily forgetting all the things I needed to, including the hour we lost springing forward.
When discussing guitar virtuosos, Robin Trower’s name may not come up as often as his contemporaries Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jeff Beck. But make no mistake about it; Trower has done his share in bringing his distinctive vision, feel and hypnotic guitar sound to audiences worldwide for the last six decades.
Something’s About to Change
The last time I wrote a piece on Robin Trower was over 4 years ago with the release of The Playful Heart. Between that album in 2010, his previous release Roots and Branches in 2013, and this latest album, Trower just seems to get better every year.
Released just in time for his 70th Birthday, (on March 9th) Trower delivers a mesmerizing collection of all original material. It also marks the first time Robin has sung and played all the bass parts on a solo album…
Right from the opening title track, I was drawn by the ominous feel and alluring guitar playing. While I never raved about Trower’s vocal aptitude, the laid back nature of this album makes Trower’s voice work. He’s never sounded better! Trower is joined by Chris Taggart on drums and Luke Smith on organ.
Tantalizing songs like ‘Fallen’ and the temperamental ‘Dreams That Shone Like Diamonds’ are a few of the stand outs. The wistful blues of ‘Good Morning Midnight’ & ‘Strange Love’ is enchanting with incredibly heartfelt fret work.
Listening to Trower play on his latest album is like walking leisurely through an art gallery full of poignant paintings. You really get the feeling that Trower is brushing a distinct picture with every delightful track that is played.
Like so many of his peers, Trower continues to perform and record to considerable admiration. With his new release “Something’s About to Change,” we see a more pensive sounding Robin Trower. I can’t say enough good things about this album. I highly recommend it.
Happy 70th birthday Robin! I look forward to hearing more in the near future and for many years to come…
SPRING TOUR 2015
In support of his new release “Something’s About To Change,” Robin Trower will play 17+ shows during the months of March/April. His special guest will be guitarist and singer/songwriter, Joanne Shaw Taylor – An absolutely brilliant artist in her own right who I have featured many times. The following shows promise to be an event you will not want to miss. You can click on the links below for ticket info:
Thu March 26 – Engine Shed, Lincoln, UK
Fri March 27 – BURY Apex
Sat March 28 – BIRMINGHAM Town Hall
Sun March 29 – SALFORD Lowry
Thu April 02 – Live Rooms Chester
Fri April 03 – GATESHEAD Sage
Sat April 04 – GLASGOW Arches
Sun April 05 – ABERDEEN Lemon Tree
Tue April 07 – STOCKTON Arts Centre
Wed April 08 – York Barbican, York, UK
Thu April 09 – SHEFFIELD City Hall
Fri April 10 – Holmfirth Picturedrome
Sat April 11- O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Tue April 14 – CRAWLEY Hawth Theatre
Wed April 15 – EXETER Corn Exchange
Thu April 16 – SALISBURY City Hall
Fri April 17 – MILTON KEYNES Stables
Will you be going to see any of the shows above? Have you seen Robin perform before? Did you have the opportunity to listen to Robin Trower’s latest release Something’s About to Change? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. And feel free to wish Robin a Happy 70th Birthday!
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