Super-producer, maker of very long albums and friend to the stars Jonathan Wilson is back with his third full length album. Though his previous two records harked back to the Laurel Canyon scene of the late 60s, this his third full length is enamoured by 80's production of the likes of Peter Gabriel and Talk Talk. Thus making his widescreen music sound a lot like that of War on Drugs.
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It may be complex, it may be rich but on opener 'Trafalgar Square' LA super producer Jonathan Wilson has decided the world is ready for a Genesis revival. In fact he's used all his production skills to manage to make his voice sound exactly like Phil Collins. Which is fine for those who like late period Genesis but what about the rest of us? Well we have to move on to tedious ballad 'Me' and then onto the War on Drugs soundalike 'Over the Midnight'. All eight minutes of it. Which would be fine if War on Drugs hadn't chucked out album after album of this stuff.
A recent very popular tweet reminded us that the Travelling Wilburys were aged between 37 and 52 at their heyday and I suppose I have to just get used to it that this is the kind of music people my age listen to. It's full of Jeff Lynne production, George Harrison chord changes, endless guitar solos and 'Tunnel of Love' era production. It's true 'Adult Orientated Rock' jam packed with atmospheric Fleetwood Mac melodies and littered with lyrical observations that think they are heavy but are actually just hippy drivel and on 'Loving You' the sort of world music pretensions that rich white rock stars across the globe tacked onto their work post 'Graceland'.
There's absolutely no doubt Jonathan Wilson is a talent but his music is often too much of a slow trudge through the annals of FM rock history for my ears. It sounds too rich, too moneyed, too polished, too cliche'd. Like eating twelve Caramac's whilst listening to Toto's Africa on repeat.
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