Release Date: Sep 16, 2016
Record label: Proper Records
Ian Hunter is still rocking and railing defiantly with a fresh new album that is among his best Even at what he calls “the exalted age of seventy-seven”, Ian Hunter still finds it impossible to take the easy career path. After all, this is the man who quit Mott The Hoople when they were about to break through in America, then when the band reunited 35 years later, made sure he got his latest solo album out before dates were announced. Now, in the same month that behemoth 30-disc retrospective Stranded In Reality is set to land, he’s made damn sure he releases another new set that can hold its own against anything in the mega-box.
It’s almost become routine that each time Ian Hunter releases a new album it’s hailed as a late period classic. And here he is at 77, with his first since 2012’s When I’m President, offering 10 more jewels bearing his humble, humorous and peerless anecdotal touch. Co-produced by Hunter and Andy York at HOBO Studios in New Jersey and again graced by his impeccable Rant Band, the album has already attracted attention for Dandy, his warmly conceived, sublimely garnished tribute to old mucker David Bowie, written from the angle of a teenage Ziggy fan in 1972.
As he closes in on his 80th birthday, Ian Hunter exists on a plane of his own. Younger than Jerry Lee Lewis by four years and older than Bob Dylan by two, Hunter resists the siren call of nostalgia on 2016's Fingers Crossed, but he also never pretends he's younger than his years. Where 2007's Shrunken Heads kicked against the pricks, Fingers Crossed feels settled even when the tempo starts to quicken.