Glenn Tilbrook – Transatlantic Ping Pong

Second solo album from former Squeeze man

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Like Nick Lowe, Glenn Tilbrook is a classy purveyor of crafted ’60s/’70s pop that straddles a narrow line between quirky individuality and pastiche. “Untouchable”sounds like Graham Nash-era Hollies. “Lost In Space” owes a debt to early-’70s Stevie Wonder. Elsewhere there are echoes of Ray Davies and Macca, but the main interest is the resumption of his writing collaboration with Chris Difford for the first time since Squeeze split in 1999 on the Lennon-esque “Where I Can Be Your Friend”. That it isn’t even the album’s best song is testament to Tilbrook’s increasing confidence as a solo artist.

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