Album Review: Tony Wright – “Tony Wright”
It’s safe to say that Tony Wright’s output has been getting steadily darker since his days bothering the charts with Terrorvision. His three albums with Laika Dog showed a more reflective and mellow side to his persona, while 2014’s Thoughts ‘n’ All acoustic solo album was a collection of some pretty dark material regarding depression and break-ups.
This new effort (title to be decided as we went to press but it’s available via the wonders of Pledgemusic) is still quite gloomy in its outlook, but unlike its predecessor it at least seems as if Tony is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Opener Music Is The Food Of Love roars into life to set the album off (unlike its predecessor, this album sees Tony recording with a full band), and is a soaring tribute to the redemptive power of rock ‘n’ roll. It might just be the best song he’s put his name to since the Terrorvision days, and the poppy One Size Fits All which follows it proves that he’s definitely got more of an upbeat look on life over the last two years if his lyrics are anything to go by.
There’s still some more downbeat moments on here that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Thoughts ‘n’ All to keep the album balanced – Life’s Too Short is a melancholy acoustic number about treasuring the friends you have because tomorrow it might be too late, while the dark and twisted stalker ode that is Delete Repeat sees Tony scowling the verses before screaming the chorus out, which is unexpected and definitely all the better for it. Elsewhere, Spoons And Knives is a tale of growing up as a rocker in Bradford, while the humourous The Blues is a distant cousin of Terrorvision’s Unhappy Millionaire, and the rollicking Opposites Attract signs this one off in fine style.
Tony's second solo album is still sailing through much darker waters than Terrorvision ever really negotiated, but it does at least sound as though he's back on an upward curve these days after the bleakness of Thoughts 'n' All. A good mix of light and dark, this is another very worthwhile addition to the man's output.