Release Date: Apr 29, 2008
Record label: Sony
Genre(s): Rock, Singer-Songwriter
The final two tracks, and the other bookend, as it were, include one of the jauntiest, funkiest numbers on the set in "Sometimes We Do Forget," with a groove that is simply infectious with a bumping guitar and bassline. The closer, "Other Shore," is the only cut that recalls Winwood's early solo records, but it's sparse despite its beautiful, easy R&B lilt. Again, redemption for oneself, for others, for a love that has endured the goodbyes, and the letting go that ushers in a new "hello." This is pop music with soul, with grit and the grains of revealed truth pouring from Winwood's mouth, not as a survivor but as a man who has seen enough of life to know that the sun really does rise in the morning.
Steve Winwood has actually led about nine lives in the music biz since his Beatles-influenced boy band the Spencer Davis Group first surfaced in London back in 1963. Since then he’s honed his chops with the greats – Hendrix, Clapton, Tito Puente – and been a member of bands Traffic, Go, Blind Faith and Latin Crossings. And that’s not to mention his 30-year solo career, which in 1986 gave us the seminal yuppie-pop hit Higher Love.