Album Review: Ricky Warwick – “Stairwell Troubadour”
Ricky Warwick is definitely trying for some sort of award of being the busiest man in rock ‘n’ roll right now – Stairwell Troubadour is no less than the FOURTH project he’s released in the last 18 months, with two solo albums and a Black Star Riders release all seeing the light of day last year.
Stairwell Troubadour though is a covers album done mainly acoustically, and that’s a double edged sword if ever I heard one. However, what Ricky is clearly well aware of is that these things only really work if you manage to add something to the originals. So on the one hand, versions of Eddie Cochrane’s Summertime Blues and Johnny Cash’s Cocaine Blues are played fairly straight here. On the other hand, Warwick reworks Dead Or Alive’s You Spin Me Round into a frenetic country style hoedown and his take on Iron Maiden’s Wrathchild work pretty well too.
It’s maybe telling though that the best song on here is one of Warwick’s own. Jesus Loves You (But I Don’t) is still one of his old group The Almighty’s best efforts, and the stripped down reworking of it here definitely does it justice. Overall though, Stairwell Troubadour is well worth a look even if just as a curiosity.
I'm always a bit wary about recommending covers albums but this one is decent enough, as Warwick tackles a mix of old standards like Burning Love and I Fought The Law and the odd unexpected moment (his take on Britney Spears' Oops I Did It Again is at least listenable). More of a curiosity listen than an essential album, but for what it is, Stairwell Troubadour isn't bad at all.