Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey
Going Back Home


4.5
superb

Review

by Jordan Minnesota CONTRIBUTOR (78 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2014 | 7 replies


Release Date: 04/08/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ...to Kingdom Come

The only thing certain in life is death, and for some it's more of a pressing concern than others. Wilko Johnson is a man who's death is imminent; already surpassing his life expectancy for his terminal cancer, every day is but another blessing for the former Dr. Feelgood guitarist. Whether this has renewed him with a sense of vigor, urgency or lust for life remains to be seen, but if Going Back Home is anything to go by it implies he's already dealt with the fact that he's not going to be alive soon and that he doesn't care about it either. With Daltrey in tow, Johnson delivers wondering and non-embittered takes on former Dr. Feelgood standards, with "Ice on the Motorway" and "Some Kind of Hero" crunching along with Johnson's signature jagged guitar tone harshening the blow. Track after track, the mans plowing style of RnB rarely lets up- when it does, it delivers, namely on the careful "Turned 21" and Bob Dylan cover "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window". Underpinning it all is Daltrey, shouting and screaming like he did on Who's Next and making a far more concerned effort than ever; highly impressive considering he's at the ripe old age of 70. Johnson might not die this week, he might not die for another year, but he's already created one of Rock & Roll's finest epitaphs in preparation for his inevitable farewell.



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Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2014


4740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Incredibly short write up for an album that will no doubt go ignored on Sputnik. A shame, because this is brilliant and a more than worthy starting point for Wilko. Feedback (if any) is appreciated

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manosg
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2014


7714 Comments


Thanks for reviewing this one, didn't know it existed. I'll give it a spin.

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2014


7504 Comments


Been meaning to listen to this. Good short review.

zakalwe
April 3rd 2014


10690 Comments


Album is great. Wilko is a national treasure and a total geezer.

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2014


16388 Comments


fucking legend, one of the true originals

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2014


4740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys! And yeah definitely worth checking out, this was far better than I expected

zakalwe
July 16th 2014


10690 Comments


One of my albums of the year this. Demands to be listened to loud.



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