Friday, September 14, 2018
Another New McCartney Record, Only This One Is From Gilbert O'Sullivan
Gilbert O'Sullivan has been quietly and consistently making records since he first broke our hearts with his number one single, "Alone Again (Naturally)" 46 years ago. He's done it again with "Gilbert O'Sullivan," which dropped last week. Quite simply, this is one terrific record. O'Sullivan is a clever songwriter with an amazing knack for melody and for turning a phrase, and just about every song on this record is a pop gem. It's hard not think of solo McCartney while listening. Each track feels like it could have been on "Ram" or "Wild Life" or "Band On The Run," for that matter. If I had one complaint it would be the overuse of the roller rink organ, which seems to appear on just about every track. The keys are played by Stephanie Jean. In what might be one more resemblance to Sir Paul, Miss Jean could be Mrs. O'Sullivan, which could explain the need. It doesn't always get in the way of the wonderful songs within, but I would have opted out on a few. That said, this new Gilbert O'Sullivan record is worth your time, if you were once a fan. If not, give a listen to at least one of the three tracks posted here. I'm really digging them all.