Review by Steven Stone
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CD Stock Number: Compass Records 7 4309 2
Perhaps Eric Clapton thinks of himself as a “Journeyman”, but the truth of
the matter is that he has, practically from day one, been a front-man. Robbie
McIntosh, on the other hand, has actually made a career of being the guy behind the stars, a real journeyman. Working with Paul McCartney, and the
Pretenders, McIntosh has confirmed his credentials as a top-flight back-up man.
Widescreen proves that his career has been by choice, not necessity. He
can write songs and play on a level equal to any platinum producing pop star.
Widescreen features twelve songs, all original McIntosh compositions. Guest
vocals by a slew of folks including Chrissie Hynde, Lucy Watkins, Rick Hammond, Drew Barfield, Jamie Moses, and Paul Young spice up the CD. Alison
Brown's Banjo, Stephen Darrell Smith's keyboards, Peter Hope-Evan's Jew's harp, and Barry West's bass augment a core band made up of Mark Feltham on
harmonica, Melvin Duffy on pedal steel, and Paul Bevis on drums and percussion.
What's most attractive about Widescreen is that it's made by an adult for
other adult listeners. Inside you’ll find mature music with drive and backbone. The
music in Widescreen is about adult subjects instead of pre-adolescent anger or post-adolescent angst. I'm quite fond of the lines
"It's only gravity that makes me heavy. It's only gravity that makes me sad.
Got to lighten up and be happy. Gravity will drive me mad." Along with his lyrical sophistication, McIntosh includes enough guitar hooks and hot solos
to keep even a septuagenarian chair-dancing. The sonics are clean without sounding processed; clear but not soullessly slick.
If periodically you find yourself wishing there was more high quality rock created for those who have seen the far side of 30, give Robbie McIntosh a
listen. He may be right up your alley.
Sound Quality: 90