Andy Bown: Unfinished Business

Whatever he wants.

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This may be Andy Bown’s sixth solo album, but it’s his first in 30 years. His Status Quo duties have kept him pretty busy, mind.

Unfinished Business is what you might expect from a 60-something bloke who’s enjoyed his life as a rock musician and has a studio to potter around in.

His serviceable if unspectacular songs are livened up with a witty lyrical style that draws you in, particularly on When The Lights Went On, a list of some of his career highlights; Tick My Box, another list of some of life’s little pleasures; and the kitchen-sink drama Rubber Gloves.

If only he’d worked on his voice to make it as engaging as his words.

Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.