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Turn the Car Around by Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes

Turn the Car Around

Release Date: Jan 13, 2023

Genre(s): Pop/Rock

Record label: Virgin


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Album Review: Turn the Car Around by Gaz Coombes

Fantastic, Based on 4 Critics

musicOMH.com - 90
Based on rating 4.5

With enough musical substance to leave its vapour trails hanging in the sky for hours afterwards, this magnificent record is the finest achievement of the Supergrass frontman’s solo career so far When Supergrass reformed for a live tour early in 2020, the feeling was that of a British national treasure finally getting the acclaim they deserved. While it proved a welcome tonic for the band members, it also threw into context just how much Gaz Coombes had moved on as an individual in that time. Coombes, three albums into an all-encompassing solo career, was compelled to write songs while the band toured, honing them back at base when the pandemic hit, then calling in his own live band for creative assistance in the studio.

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Clash Music
Opinion: Excellent

They say good things come in threes and this certainly rings true for the new record from Gaz Coombes. 'Turn The Car Around' is the final instalment in Coombes' trilogy which includes 2015's 'Matador' and 2018's 'World's Strongest Man'. What also can be said is that the former Supergrass frontman has saved the best to last. Whilst you can still hear traces of his Supergrass roots sonically on this, his fourth solo album, this is a polished, grown up incarnation taking flashes of inspiration from both the aforementioned band and his previous solo endeavours.

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Record Collector
Opinion: Excellent

Now a married father-of-two in his mid-40s, Gaz Coombes spent much of 2022 reliving his youth by dusting off teenage anthems like Alright and Caught By The Fuzz on Supergrass' reunion dates. The man who made Turn The Car Around, however, has weightier thoughts in his head; "Life's not the same…" he sings on the opening Overnight Trains. "The dam must hold, the dam must hold." This is a thoughtful, and thought-provoking, set of songs from a writer whose responses to the world around him illustrate an ever-deepening maturity, which is intriguing to chart across his four solo releases to date.

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DIY Magazine
Opinion: Fantastic

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