Walter Trout's Ordinary Madness - a deeply personal state of the nation address

Walter Trout ponders the state of the world on his Ordinary Madness album

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In the six years since a liver transplant saved Walter Trout’s life in the nick of time, his albums have taken on a sharper perspective. He’s done it not by preaching, or even being born again (although he undoubtedly has been), but by stepping back and simply describing the bigger picture. 

He sorted through his blues pedigree and credentials on last year’s Survivor Blues. On this latest album he tackles more personal issues. 

The title track, which starts with a disturbing hubbub of noise before settling into a slow blues with an insistent bass thud, deals with his own fluctuating mental health, and something about his understated guitar solo draws you in closer. 

Other songs are concerned with communication, or more precisely finding the right words to express yourself. But there’s a light-hearted finale, with OK Boomer questioning his part in the global mess that his kids will have to clear up.

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.