Known for his powerhouse voice as the front man of the legendary English rock band the Who, Roger Daltrey has a special place in music history — and now, a new solo album.
Titled As Long As I Have You, Daltrey’s rollicking new LP was released on Friday. It’s his first proper solo album since 1992’s Rocks in the Head, so it’s definitely been quite a while.
Daltrey had this to say of the new album:
“This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls. That’s what we were, a soul band. And now, I can sing soul with all the experience you need to sing it. Life puts the soul in. I’ve always sung from the heart but when you’re 19, you haven’t had the life experience with all its emotional trials and traumas that you have by the time you get to my age. You carry all the emotional bruises of life and when you sing these songs, those emotions are in your voice. You feel the pain of a lost love. You feel it and you sing it and that’s soul. For a long time, I’ve wanted to return to the simplicity of these songs, to show people my voice, a voice they won’t have heard before. It felt like the right time. It’s where I am, looking back to that time, looking across all those years but also being here, now, in the soulful moment.”
Stream it below, via Spotify or Apple Music:
Pete Townshend lends his contribution to the album in the form of guitar work on seven songs, while Mick Talbot plays keys and Sean Genockey adds guitars to additional songs as well. The LP was produced by Dave Eringa.
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