You Should Be So Lucky
A founder member of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers and known too for so many great sessions away from Petty’s band, here Benmont Tench finally delivers a solo album. And it’s that sort of album you could easily dismiss after one or two listens, in much the same way as some will never hear the point of a Robbie Robertson solo album, Little Village or some of the understated playing on Mark Knopfler’s recent work. But listen again – there’s wonderful playing across You Should Be So Lucky, including a rather gorgeous nearly-jazz instrumental (Ecor Rouge) and the Lil’ Band O Gold-aping Wobbles. Earlier, on Veronica Said, it’s as if a long-lost Travelling Wilburys track has been unearthed, and it’s so clear to hear Dylan as an influence – a cover of Corina, Corina is a clue, it’s flat out obvious by the time of the closing rendition of Dylan’s very recent Duquesne Whistle – served up with the emphasis on both the boogie and the woogie; almost as if Jools Holland was producing.
But actually it’s Glyn Johns at the helm and the players involved include Don Was, Ethan Johns, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Ryan Adams and there are cameos from Ringo Starr and Tom Petty among others.
Tench’s almost-whispered vocals are a bit Dylan-esque at times, also they have that hushed reverence sound that Robertson and Ry Cooder have offered. He’s by no means a great singer but you feel that he means it.
And as you play this album over and over you find more delights – happy little songs that are so well framed, lovely understated playing. Plenty to like here. A nice wee diversion.