Roger Daltrey returns with his 9th solo album
A mix of Blues, Soul and Acoustic Rock creates a brilliant album
Daltrey may be a lot more well known for fronting The Who, but his relatively overlooked solo career has plenty of hidden gems. From ‘McVicar’ to ‘Under a Raging Moon’, but now there is another album joining the mix. His first solo album since 1992, but well worth the wait for fans. ‘As Long As I Have You’ sees Daltrey do what he has done best since the mid 60’s. Write songs that have meaning, and write songs that you just want to hear over and over again.
The album opens with the title track, a 3 minute, Joe Bonamassa meets Wilson Pickett masterpiece. The soulful backing vocals, and really compliment the bluesy guitar tones, that aren’t something you would usually associate with Daltrey. Whilst he is still showing he has the same songwriting capabilities, he is also showing he still has that distinct, powerful, and still youthful voice. It’s obvious from the outset that Daltrey has still got it, and makes me think that this won’t be the last we see, or hear of the experienced rocker.
The album then continues with ‘How Far’, which for me just screams The Who at their prime. It could easily accompany ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ on the album ‘Who’s Next’. The fact that at 74 years old, Roger Daltrey is still belting out songs as good as what he was making 40 odd years ago says a lot about how good of a musician he really is, and how overlooked he has been.
On the whole, the album is a collection of laid back, acoustic rock ballads, that make for really easy listening, but there is the odd inclusion of punchy, slightly distorted electric guitar which just drives the album into something with a bit more impact, and it usually leaves you hanging, and wanting more. ‘You Haven’t Done Nothing’ is a fine example, and for me is the best song on the album. It’s really driven by that guitar, and when that guitar is mixed with Daltrey’s truly beautiful voice, the soulful backing vocals, and the brass section which fades in and out, it creates something different. It creates something brilliant. It’s just brilliant.
There isn’t really much left out on this album. It’s got multiple genres, it’s got a variety of instruments, but most importantly, it has Roger Daltrey, and the wonderful vocals which have made him who he is.