Album Review - Gilbert O'Sullivan (BMG Records)
Graham Clark, Features Writer
This self titled album is the 19th album from Gilbert O'Sullivan since he released his debut album in 1971.
The album was recorded on analogue equipment at O'Sullivan's Frobisher Studios in Jersey with players hand picked by producer Ethan Jones. There are also guest appearances from Andy Fairweather Low (guitar), Chas Hodges (piano) and Geraint Watkins (piano)
If you liked his melodic tracks in the past then chances are you will like this accomplished album. At The End of the Day, the opening track, is typical of his melancholy charm with the inevitable word play he always writes.
The Same The Whole World Over is a jaunty track, the lyric though continues the theme heard many times in the album: getting older. Love How You Leave Me I have to admit does remind me of There Ain't No Pleasing You, the old Chas and Dave song! It has that vibe that invites you to sing along to the track.
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This Riff again reminds me of a Chas and Dave song, you could imagine him performing the track with Jools Holland on his BBC TV show.
Penny Drops has a Paul McCartney influence leaving the last two tracks on the album, The Mind Boggles and For The Record with references to Donald Trump and Homelessness.
Rather than resting on his laurels he has come up with another set of fine songs.
I give the album 3 out of 5
Album Review - Gilbert O'Sullivan (BMG Records), 8th August 2018, 20:47 PM