Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey: Going Back Home

Album review
Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey: Going Back Home

Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey

Going Back Home

Label: Chess
Media: CD
Genre: Rock/pop

Due to Wilko Johnson’s late-stage terminal cancer, the clock was ticking when Going Back Home was recorded. In no way did the tight recording schedule harm the album—in fact, it enhanced the live-in-the-studio energy that’s characterized Johnson’s music since the first Dr Feelgood album came out in 1975. Down by the Jetty sounded fresh at the time, and like other music Johnson has since written it held up, partly due to its lean, edgy, pub-rock sound, but also because Johnson’s lyrics tell a story people could relate to (and raise a pint to if they caught him live). Featuring a lineup that includes members of Johnson’s regular touring band, Going Back Home is both tight and dirty, Johnson’s choppy rhythms, quick staccato jabs, and scrappy solos constantly creating friction. Roger Daltrey sounds more inspired than he has in some time, and you get a sense that, due to the tight recording schedule, the newly-created band was discovering itself while the tapes were rolling. That’s the impression I get, anyway, when Daltrey comes in after a mean guitar break on “Sneaking Suspicion,” singing with an extreme sense of urgency, as if a particularly raunchy solo reminded him how it feels to give it your all.

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  • primary artist, Roger Daltrey
  • primary artist, Wilko Johnson

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