Review : Peter Frampton - Thank You Mr. Churchill
PopmattersPeter Frampton in 2010 remains interesting for his earnest attention to his craft—obvious on the new Thank You Mr. Churchill—and with respect to his past, which has been at turns inspiring and frustrating.
Frampton’s mercurial beginnings are well-known, first as a member of Humble Pie, with whom he didn’t stay long. He was an instant sensation because of his seraphic visage and his surprisingly smoky vocal presence (defining moment: his background vocals on “I Don’t Need No Doctor”). From Humble Pie, Frampton moved into a solo career, settling into the position of cult favorite: his relatively few fans were fanatically loyal to him, and he was something of a critics’ darling, viewed as a catchy original songwriter, an ingratiating if limited singer, and an underrated guitarist who just couldn’t catch a break commercially.
Frampton Comes Alive was a bit of a shock, then, because no one expected such a massive blockbuster from this innocuous, fringe artist, but there it was. In the wake of that album, there was incredible heat on him to follow up with something of equal merit, and by all accounts he buckled under the pressure, as I’m in You was a wimp-out of major proportions. Following this record (which sold respectably, but which was generally not well-received), Pete’s popularity plummeted. He was involved in the Sgt. Pepper film fiasco along with the BeeGees, who likewise saw their careers slide following the release of that particular bomb....full text
BlogcriticsPeter Frampton is a versatile guy. If you listen to his Fingerprints CD from 2006, then segue into the new release Thank You Mr. Churchill, you’ll find vast stylistic differences. Where the all instrumental Fingerprints is flowing and melodic, Thank You is a brash; raw; and, at times; angry piece of work.
Thank You opens with the title tune, which Frampton says is about his birth and is “a thank you to Mr. Churchill for bringing my father back from the second world war.” But the song is not simply a greeting card; it takes a surprising turn, sliding into topical territory where Frampton argues how we should be “waging peace instead of war”. The sentiment is ages old but the music is hard, biting and blistering. When he is on a topical bent, Frampton’s playing is simply breathtaking. Tearing into world issues seems to have driven him to play harder and with more passion than he has in years.
This is not the Peter Frampton who crooned “Baby I Love Your Way" to an arena filled with fist pumping boys and swooning girls. His artistic maturity has led him to write the darkly ominous “Restraint”, where he blasts those responsible for the Wall Street bailout, calling them “greedy pigs” with “parachutes of gold”. And on “Asleep At the Wheel” he takes on the case of Megumi Yokota, a Japanese girl kidnapped more than thirty years ago by North Koreans to help train their spies to pass for Japanese citizens.
The album does have its lighter moments. The mandolin driven “Vaudeville Nanna and the Banjolele” is Frampton’s charming remembrance of how, as a child, he stood staring longingly into the music shop window on Charing Cross Road, where the guitars all “looked like candy”. And “Suite Liberte” is a masterful eight minute instrumental, showcasing Frampton’s virtuosity.
Thank You Mr. Churchill is a collaborative effort between old and new friends. The songs were co-written by Frampton and longtime collaborator Gordon Kennedy. The album's co-producer/engineer, Chris Kimsey, was the engineer on Frampton’s solo record, 1972’s Wind of Change. This is the first time the two have worked together in thirty years. Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, and the legendary Funk Brothers also lend a hand....full text
MikkisaysArtist: Peter Frampton
Title: Thank You Mr Churchill
Release date: 2010
Audio codec: MP3
01. Thank You Mr Churchill (4:54)
02. Solution (3:49)
03. Road To The Sun (Feat. Smoking Gun With Julian Frampton) (5:10)
04. I’m Due A You (5:00)
05. Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolele (4:35)
06. Asleep At The Wheel (6:50)
07. Suite Liberte: A. Megumi, B. Huria Watu (7:28)
08. Restraint (3:42)
09. I Want It Back (4:38)
10. Invisible Man (4:51)
11. Black Ice (4:49)...full text
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