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Ray Wilson - Makes Me Think Of Home album review

Genesis/Stiltskin survivor travels well

Ray Wilson Makes Me Think Of Home album cover

This soulful Scotsman’s curious trajectory went from Stiltskin one-hit wonder to replacing Phil Collins in Genesis. Wilson lives in Poland now, enjoying a successful career away from typecasting. His sixth solo album is a solid, well-produced blend of rock, pop and prog, full of melancholy autobiographical details. It also touches on the Scottish referendum, homages ELO and damns drink and drugs.

Calvin And Hobbes isn’t as cheery as you’d think, but dwarfing the couple of U2-alike numbers is the standout title track, which moves through impressive Floydean phases of epic sax and guitar. One thing’s indisputable: Wilson has a rich, sonorous voice.

Chris Roberts has written about music, films, and art for innumerable outlets. His new book The Velvet Underground is out April 4. He has also published books on Lou Reed, Elton John, the Gothic arts, Talk Talk, Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Abba, Tom Jones and others. Among his interviewees over the years have been David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Bryan Ferry, Al Green, Tom Waits & Lou Reed. Born in North Wales, he lives in London.