Bruce Foxton: Back In The Room (Basstone)
Foxton hasn’t quite had the breaks that’s been afforded to Paul Weller since The Jam was broken up by Weller in 1982.
One formed the Style Council and has had numerous excellent solo albums, the other was a member of Stiff Little Fingers in their comeback years, and formed From The Jam with fellow ex-Jam-mate rick Buckler, which came across as a cry of ‘hey we were in the band too’.
Back In The Room sees Foxton’s oft-fracticious relationship with Weller seemingly fully repaired as the legend appears on three tracks, and that Weller-Jam influence is fairly obvious, sometimes too transparently, but that is far from a fault. It means enchanting pop dongs like Number Six, the blues-driven verse-chorus-verse anthem Find My Way Home and the essence of Motown in Don’t Waste My Time.
Piano playing augments The Gaffa, a trip back to the days of rock’n’roll; there’s a couple of pleasant instrumentals while there’s a feeling of contendness on the breezy Drifting Dreams.
It may be an unfortunate appraisal of the state of new bands, or it may be that Porky is getting closer to the knacker’s yard, but a good percentage of the best albums being released in the 2010s are from artists who would have been forceably retired by the age of 23, in the 1960s.