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Fingers Crossed


Artist: Ian Hunter & the Rant Band
Label: Proper Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 16 September 2016

Ian Hunter's latest studio album, Fingers Crossed (his highest charting solo album placing since 1976) unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie 'Dandy'...

'Dandy' is easily the standout track on Fingers Crossed, which contains 10 tracks (45 min, 52 sec). Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record features his Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012's acclaimed When I'm President.

As leader of '70s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as an influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock 'n' roll's most compelling performers and one of its most articulate songwriters. As author of such immortal anthems as, 'All The Way From Memphis', 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy' and 'Cleveland Rocks' and the voice of such landmark albums as, All The Young Dudes, Mott, Ian Hunter and You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic, he remains a hero to fellow musicians and fans around the world. The compositions on Fingers Crossed see Hunter covering typically wide-ranging subject matter. 'Dandy', his fond tribute to David Bowie reflects on a relationship cemented in 1972 when Bowie produced Mott's album All the Young Dudes and provided its hit title track.

It's a great album that captures the magic of the classic rock 'n' roll era, while bringing it up to date for a more modern audience. Highlights include 'Whitehouse'; 'Bow Street Runners'; and 'You Can't Live In The Past'. I could have probably done without the Chas & Dave esque 'Long Time', but otherwise this is a faultless old school rock album.


Nick Smithson

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