Unfinished Business review by Andy Bown

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  • Released: Sep 5, 2011
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 6
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.7 Good
  • Users' score: 9.4 (12 votes)
Andy Bown: Unfinished Business

Sound — 9
'Unfinished Business' is exactly that. Easily one of the rawest sounds ever to emerge from Andy's career as a musician whose C.V includes Status Quo, Pink Floyd, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Herd. Produced by musician Mike Paxman, this versatile record has all the makings of a classic if it had been made 40 years ago. For some people however, this is a GOOD thing. Known for his keyboard playing, it is surprising to hear the majority of it mixed down low allowing the upfront guitars to lead the sound of the album. The female backing singers that worked so well for Rossi's solo effort certainly work here, perhaps even more so. It goes to show that you CAN throw the kitchen sink at it and still come out with a production respectful to the material. No really, there's a kitchen sink on it.

Lyrics — 6
Lyrics never being a strong point for Quo, it's quite obvious that a little more effort was applied here. Unpredictable twists and turns in tracks such as 'Ruby and Roy' will keep most lyricists happy even if the vast majority of them are not particularly thought provoking or emotionally harrowing and the lyrics appear to take on different meanings when written down. Small exceptions to the emotionally deep' rule come in the form of 'A Matter of Time', 'Right as Ninepence' and 'A Good Innings'.

Overall Impression — 8
There's very little to be disappointed here. Andy's everlasting unique sound seems to be running through the material he writes. I can see singer/songwriter and rock types enjoying the release the most. With fantastic musicianship and many genres covered, Unfinished Business is a sure winner for anyone open minded enough to get through each track. 01. Ruby and Roy - a rocky tune about a night out with Roy Wood. Reminiscent of 'White Wedding'. 02. Rubber Gloves - a quirky rock track with quirky video to boot. The video is available with the CD release. 03. A Matter of Time - country flavoured heartbreak song. Nice break from the rocky openings and sets the tone for the rest of the record. 04. When the Lights Went On - namedropping at it's finest! Song detailing just some of Andy's career highlights. Like a musical autobiography. 05. Keeping the Wolf Away - rumoured to have originally been suggested for Quo but may have been a little slow for a Quo release. Catchy though! 06. Right as Ninepence - the most dynamically varied track on the album which will surely divide opinion among many. 07. Got a Million - the catchiest on the release. The poppy chorus combined with the rocky verses make this a potentially ideal single. 08. Tick My Box - funny blues number relating Andy's 'turn ons'. 09. Built to Last - a car or a woman? Who knows. Straight ahead rocker. 10. A Good Innings - not the nicest note to end on but this melancholy number will relate to many. The thoughtful lyrics or not, Henry Spinetti's 'Rosanna' type shuffle sweetens the track beautifully.

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