Steve Cradock - Travel Wild-Travel Free (Review)
Review by Jack Foley
BILLED as a 21st century ode to Sixties psychedelia, Steve Cradock’s latest LP Travel Wild-Travel Free is a consistently amiable listen that’s boosted by its retro values.
Best known as a founding member of the iconic Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene and guitarist for Paul Weller since 1992, Cradock has nevertheless been making waves on his own merits thanks to albums like The Kundalini Target.
Co-produced with his wife Sally Cradock, who also provides vocals, this is a breezy trip down memory lane that tosses in several highlights.
Album opener Anyway The Wind Blows is one particular standout, a dreamy opener that’s dripping in heart-melting melody, psychedelic riffs and lovely vocals from Sally.
But Sheer Inertia and I Am The Sea also sparkle amid toe-tapping beats and slick guitar riffs, with the latter, in particular, then taking a detour into deeply trippy territory. But it works as Cradock clearly knows what he’s doing.
If his vocals don’t always give some of the songs the kick they deserve (one can only imagine what someone like Liam Gallagher would add at certain moments), this doesn’t detract too greatly from the overall enjoyment, especially given the quality of the guitars and the lovely harmonies quite often provided by Sally.
And on moments like the Weller-esque The Magic Hour or 10,000 Times (a track co-written with Squeeze’s Chris Difford), there’s quality dripping throughout.
Street Fire, Running Isn’t Funny Anymore and title track Travel Wild-Travel Free also supply memorable stopping off points that paint vivid pictures and dazzle instrumentally.
It’s well worth taking this latest Cradock trip.
Download picks: Anyway The Wind Blows, The Magic Hour, 10,000 Times, Street Fire, Travel Wild-Travel Free, Running Isn’t Funny Anymore