’I’ve been lost a long time before,’ eternal nearlyman Dave O’Grady sighs on Home. But he’ll surely fare better with Topanga Mansion, a stunning collection of songs that glow like embers at sundown. Black Crowe Rich Robinson’s production stays out of the way, giving the stage to the misty lilt of Celtic Wanderings, the sunnyside-up bounce of Down The River and Royal Call’s sad-eyed balladry.
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Henry Yates has been a freelance journalist since 2002 and written about music for titles including The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a music pundit on Times Radio and BBC TV, and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, Kiefer Sutherland and many more.