“Life has served up some interesting stuff that’s inspired me! I think it’s my best CD yet. Now let us know what YOU think. You may have to buy it first though. Damn!” – Simon Townshend
I agree, Simon. On your latest CD, you really have outdone yourself…and that’s really saying something! Townshend’s latest release continues Townshend’s signature soulful, melodic sounds -always heartfelt and uniquely Simon Townshend – while introducing a brighter sound that really made this listener’s ears stand to attention!
On this, his seventh studio album, Simon Townshend once again proves to be a shining talent in his own right, whose passionate music and thoughtful lyrics are in no way overshadowed by those of his older brother, Pete. A hallmark of Simon’s solo work is just how strikingly original his songs truly are: their irresistible wordplay and shimmering guitar work making them immediately memorable. That natural ability at brilliant use of lyrics must run in the Townshend gene pool, lol.
Simon’s latest CD manages to sound dynamic and exciting yet warm and inviting. This neat feat is largely due to the rock – steady, confident drumming of Simon’s son, Ben Townshend, that anchors Tony Lowe’s lead guitar work, while also helping it blend smoothly into the warm, earthy sound of Townshend’s acoustic guitar and mandolin. An electrifying guitarist who never disappoints, Lowe is equally adept at piano, while his bass playing here is positively delightful “ear candy.” The vibe throughout is smooth yet intense, and no tracks here sound disconnected or like “throwaways”…which is a lot more than I can say for many other recent CDs I have heard lately, lol.
Some of the CD’s highlights:
the soaring rocker ‘Forever And a Day’
the soulful and tangy `She Asked Me’
Townshend’s lush, melodic mandolin in `Bed of Roses’
But for those of you who love your rockin’ anthems, fear not. Townshend delivers with songs like `Making Waves’ `Electric Friend'(with it’s intro slightly reminiscent of The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’) , and `Make It’ that will have you up and on your feet fast as the speed of light…well, almost as fast, lol.
Simon’s ever – growing talent at creating captivating music of lasting quality has, IMHO come to fruition in his latest album. Now, let me know what YOU think. You may have to buy it first though. Damn!
With his father a big-band jazz veteran, his brother (Pete Townshend, of The Who) a legend in rock and his son (Ben Townshend) an up-and-coming drummer, Simon Townshend has lived his life thoroughly immersed in music (Townshend: “I’ve been writing songs since I was eight years old!”). At the tender age of nine, he contributed background vocals to The Who’s 1969 Rock Opera Tommy.
His previous six solo albums consist of: Among Us(1997), Animal Soup(1999), Bare Bodies Bare Assets (2000), Ages(2000), simontownshendis (2002) and Something New (2011). All were all self-produced.
In 2005, Simon was part of The Casbah Club: Bruce Foxton (The Jam/Stiff Little Fingers) and Mark Brzezicki (Big Country). This union of reknown talents resulted in the critically acclaimed Venustraphobia. Simon Townshend has performed with Jeff Beck, Pearl Jam, and Roger Daltrey and was onstage with The Who at the 2010 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Simon will be on tour again with The Who this winter.
1. Forever And A Day
3. Looking Out Looking In
4. She Asked Me
5. Something New
6. There s A Girl
7. Electric Friend
8. Bed Of Roses
9. Still Love
10. Making Waves
11. Make It