Reviewed by Norman Smith
In 1965, The Stones were No.1 with "Satisfaction" and Barry McGuire No. 3 with one of the the all time classic protest songs "Eve Of Destruction" ("Hate your next door neighbour, but don't forget to say grace...") venomous, cutting lyrics about the hypocrisy of life. What about the McGuire of the 90s? Well, if you're looking for shrewd observation, guts, passion, power lyrics, classy tunes, I have news for you. It's not here. The artist has swapped folk protest for wimpish C & W, and it sound about as sweet as Dylan doing Sesame Street. A mixture of slow, chorus style songs, and rambling hillbilly tunes, none of them memorable. A sample of the lyrics from "Out Of L.A.": "I was born a travelling man many long years ago/I guess I've been 'bout everywhere that a travelling man can go/I sang a song for the president but he just up and he died/So I quit singin' and way I went/I was looking for a place to hide." Wow, needs I say more? The one half-decent song on the album is "Promises", a duet with Jamie Owens-Collins, but even this merely hints at what the man was once capable of (and I hope still is). In concert the man can be an anointed minister of the gospel. But this album is... gulp...dreadful. Musically, a case of the eve of self-destruction.
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