Hugh Cornwell: Moments Of Madness album review

Stranglers founder Hugh Cornwell plays all the instruments himself on 10th solo album Moments Of Madness

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The one constant with former Stranglers man Hugh Cornwell albums is that they’re never dull. That’s because he doesn’t like to repeat himself, his lyrics are observant and his vocal style is simple but effective. 

His USP for his tenth solo album is that he’s played all the instruments himself, which gives it a kind of retro feel – although it also proves that you can’t beat a real drummer, even if you wouldn’t necessarily want him in the van. 

There are autobiographical touches to the opening Coming Out Of The Wilderness and When I Was A Young Man, and he gets up close and personal while keeping his emotions in check on Iwannahideinsideaya and Heartbreak At Seven

Elsewhere, the album’s title track greets the end of lockdown with a reggae splash, Red Rose is about tattoos and Lasagna praises the culinary skills of some Italian friends in Mexico.

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.