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RAY WILSON ‘Change’ (Inside Out 08565552) (2003)

Former vocalist with Stiltskin (remember ‘Inside’?) and with Genesis for their last studio album, makes his studio album debut. Nothing like either of those two bands on here, more an adult rock album in the mould of ex-It Bites main man Francis Dunnery. The best song on the album opens up the proceedings, ‘Goodbye Baby Blue’. Starting with a simple acoustic guitar intro, it builds up to a crescendo of electric guitar soloing, female backing vocals and strings. Ray Wilson has a very strong vocal style, with a nod towards Peter Gabriel, Francis Dunnery, the Alarm’s Mike Peters and Bryan Adams (on the more uptempo moments). ‘Change’ is a breezy pop rocker, perfect summer music despite its dark lyrical content! Nice touches of prog rock on ‘The Last Horizon’ and ‘Believe’ which is another superb acoustic number complete with a catchy hook.

Plenty of memorable songs backed by quality instrumentation. Ray Wilson has produced a superb debut album and he is a talent who deserves wider recognition. Stands up to repeated plays, always the sign of a good album.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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