published: 21 /
Bay Street Records
Format: CD Box
Versatile and semi-autobiographical new album from former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart will be 70 in September. But the former Eurythmics member still seems to have all the energy and enthusiasm of a teenager! He recently produced Joss Stone's highly acclaimed comeback album 'Never Forget My Love' and he has co-written (again with Joss Stone) the music for a forthcoming West End adaptation of 'The Time Traveller's Wife'. He is also about to be inducted (along with fellow ex-Eurythmic Annie Lennox) into America's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On top of all this, Stewart is also releasing a new semi-autobiographical solo album, 'Ebony McQueen' which he hopes eventually to turn into a film.
As Stewart explains, the album is set in his hometown of Sunderland (which he mentions is also the birthplace of Lauren Laverne, the 44 year-old BBC presenter who he much admires!). It tells the story of a teenage boy who is visited by an imaginary blues queen. The record's short, sharp brilliantly crafted songs examine the teen's musical loves, from the blues to The Beatles – and his dreams of moving to London.
There are 23 tracks plus strings by the Budapest Scoring Orchestra and the whole album is quite a theatrical production! But Stewart, ever the master-craftsman of song-writing, always combines decent melodies with heartfelt words.
The title track is an affectionate salute to The Fab Four who Stewart says were probably his biggest inspiration. 'Things Will Never Be The Same' hints at 'Revolver'-style mid-sixties psychedelia.
But there are also accomplished detours into New Orleans jazz as well as acknowledgements of Stewart's early years when he was learning his craft, playing in Wearside's folk clubs.
'Ebony McQueen”' is available digitally and as a five disc, two-cassette box set (for £107). It is original and distinctive and idiosyncratic - yet further affirmation of the wide-ranging skills of one of UK rock's enduring talents.
When You're Feeling Down
She Knows My Name
As You Like It
Walking on Blue
Things Will Never Be the Same (Without You)
There's Got to Be a Devil
Walking on Thin Air
Daddy's Got the Blues
Baby Did It Blow Our Minds
Baby It's You
Waiting for the Rain
What's the Fucking Point
Jackie Where You Been
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