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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Looking Out Looking In' (Eagle Rock)
Artist - Simon Townshend

On his new CD, Looking Out Looking In, Simon Townshend (youngest brother of legendary The Who rock guitarist Pete) proves to be a talented, passionate musician and performer apart from his normal touring and musical relationship with The Who.

Bringing us a new CD that is a strikingly original with regard its contribution of songs, Looking Out Looking In combines the brilliant musical combination of Simon, Tony Lowe, and Ben Townshend (yes, another one of the lads, this time the son of Simon!), to bring us an organic, warm-throughout set of tracks.

This incredible new album kicks off with 'Forever And A Day,' a track that immediately showcases Simon's inherent vocal and guitar similarities to his famous father, Pete. Not the best song on the album it backstrokes its way along on some defined Who undercurrents for sure. The more rounded 'Stay' is next, and is easily one of the best tracks on the album. A little too Lenny Kravitz-ish for my liking, it still manages to have you singing along just before the second break kicks in though.

Album filler 'Looking Out Looking In' sounds like an early Pete Townsend outtake from, say White City, but then again, in truth, most all do. It's one thing to be blessed with your fathers impressive vocal tones and guitar strumming, but to make it your own is a whole other bag of nails. The sedate 'She Asked Me' is along for the ride next, and is followed by 'Something New,' a song that literally floats harmlessly through the ear waves.

The awesome ballad 'There's A Girl' is backed by some raucous guitar work, and Dylanesque yelps on 'Electric Friend,' an obvious nod to his beloved guitar. That's followed by 'Bed Of Roses,' a catchy song that has nothing to do with Bon Jovi, trust me, before taking us into the placid 'Still Love.'

The album that doesn't quite know if it wants to be a rock album or a collection of coffee shop ballads, then closes with both 'Making Waves' (the best song on the album for me) and then the trippy 'Make It.'

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