Ian Hunter came to fame as part of British music legends, Mott the Hoople from 1969 to 1974. Since then he’s had a successful solo career, releasing a steady stream of albums. “Fingers crossed” is his 21st solo album.
I loved his last solo album – “When I’m president”, so was pleased to get his new one for review. Ian Hunter has chosen a diverse range of subjects to write about – the Greek god Morpheus, the Bow Street Runners, a visit to Union avenue in Memphis, and more.
One song that jumps out and grabs your attention straight away is “Dandy”, which is Ian Hunter’s tribute to David Bowie. The two first worked together in 1972 when Bowie produced Mott the Hoople’s album “All the young dudes”. It’s a great song, and one of my favourites on the album. The lyrics are excellent with some nice Bowie song title references included. Check out the video here..
Fans of Tom Petty will find songs such as “White House” particularly appealing. It’s a song that should go down well on radio.
“Morpheus” is a superb song and narrowly beats “Dandy” to be my favourite song on the album. It’s also a song that I can imagine David Bowie performing.
This really is a superb album, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given Ian Hunter’s releases to date – he makes a habit of releasing excellent albums time after time, and is one of the truly great songwriters. It’s an album I’d recommend any rock fan should listen to, with it particularly likely to appeal to fans of Mott the hoople or Tom Petty.
“Fingers crossed” will be released on 16th September 2016
1. That’s when the trouble starts
4. Fingers crossed
5. White house
6. Bow street runners
8. Stranded in reality
9. You can’t live in the past
10. Long time