It is rather curious that in searching for an image of this album’s cover on-line that all the options showed Mr.Chilton photographed in colour. The Australian version is a black and white pic… and that seems so much more appropriate given the highly retro content therein.
He has written some classic tunes over his career. Which makes this album even more bizarre. Much of it sees him covering reasonably obscure old-school R&B tracks, and all in the incarnation of very standard bar band.
It seems below Chilton to be mucking around like this. More importantly, it just isn’t that interesting a listen. The tunes are very, very standard fare. He clearly had a bit of fun playing with the cheesy What’s your Sign? but that ain’t enough.
The album is also poorly balanced, with three concluding Chilton-penned tunes that simply don’t gel with rest of the material. They are much closer to the Big Star sound… and better for it.
File under: Insufficiently distracting