First thing first. Full of the influence of The Beatles, with nods to David Bowie and Jeff Lynne, this particular Dublin born multi-instrumentalist very definitely does not need autotune of any kind with his wide vocal range worthy of a much grander stage, often matching the familiar tones of John Lennon and George Harrison within this really quite impressive eleven (11) song opus.
Aided and abetted by son Adam, "2016" is one of those records that instantly impresses. As soon as the first notes of the wonderful "The Rock That I Could Lean On" hit the ears, you know this is going to be an album of note that fans of The Fab Four and ELO will love. The Lennonesque opener is a masterful balled, showing off the songwriting pedigree of John before "Thing Called Love" follows with a real produced by Jeff Lynne feel to it. Sultry "Don't You Realise" has a nice, relaxed vibe to it before "Austerity" arrives with its cutting, concise lyrics a commentary on present day financial controversies layered on top of a song with a heavy Bowie glam era sound. "I'll Be On My Way" could easily be a track by the quiet Beatle himself before the wonderful "I Love You (1964)" takes the listener back to the early Beatles backbeat that we all know and love.
Instrumental "Casbah Memories" is next. Surreal with a touch of ELOesque backmasked touch and a sound that could emanate from a time tunnel linked to whispers of the Beatles heyday at the other end. Splendid stuff! "Stay" could be a Pink Floyd acoustic number and "I'm Going Back" once again could be another Harrison solo tune. Keyboards dominate "Only In The Night" with John's vocals at their very best before album closer "Tonight" very much carries an ELO theme.
"2016" was and continues to be a real joy to listen to and is a pleasure to review. Completely impressive and sure to appeal to fans of both The Beatles and ELO yet displaying the individuality of John Walsh a.k.a. Tuesday Speaking. In these days of manufactured bands and shallow musical motives, "2016" is like a breath of fresh air. Well worth a listen. Go buy it! (9/10)
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elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "2016" by Tuesday Speaking to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles, Pugwash and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... Tuesday 09-Aug-2016