Robin Trower â€“ Living Out of Time / 2006 Music Video Distributors / 83 Minutes / http://www.trowerpower.com / http://www.mvdb2b.com /
I always am shocked by these individuals; skinny, British guitarists that I would normally assume would play a brand of music that wouldnâ€™t be too incongruous with James Taylor. Starting off â€œLiving Out of Timeâ€ with â€œToo Rolling Stonedâ€, Trower shows fans that ey has not lost any of the fury from the Procol Harum and eir later solo career, as well as showing new fans that this old cat has a number of tricks. There is a heavy blues influence through each of the tracks on â€œLiving Out of Timeâ€; to say that songs like â€œSweet Angelâ€ are funky is to simply cut Trower short.
The music here infects the soul of anyone listening in; those individuals that merely listen to music for the sound can be excited, but the complexity of the average track on â€œLiving Out of Timeâ€ is enough that technical fans can be excited. What is impressive about â€œLiving Out of Timeâ€ is that tracks like â€œWhatâ€™s Your Nameâ€ are penned just a few years ago and yet sound as if they were pulled straight from the middle-seventies. The tension between having a very radio-friendly sound and being some of the most difficult music Iâ€™ve ever hear is something that is dissipated by the extreme talent of Trower; individuals will come from watching this near-hour and a half DVD singing each of the discâ€™s thirteen cuts. The production of the video is nothing less than impeccable; the shots are the typical found in concert videos â€“ quick and spastic. However, what is done here with the footage is that there are a lot of shots specifically focused in on the incredibly skill shown in each constituent element of Trowerâ€™s band. All of the tracks on â€œLiving Out of Timeâ€ are not the fast, heavier sounds present during â€œToo Rolling Stonedâ€ and â€œSweet Angelâ€. For example, â€œDaydreamâ€ is a trippy type of track that uses spread-out guitar lines and a slower tempo to make Trowerâ€™s equivalent to a slow song at the prom.
While I am not sure whether it is a specific nuance with the soundboard recording for this show or not, but the audience here in Germany really is sedate There is nothing in the way of audience participation; everyone seems tuned in to Trowerâ€™s music instead of trying to actively involve themselves. With the virtuosity shown in the drums, bass and guitars of the Robin Trower band, this fact really makes sense. To be honest, there are simply no weaknesses to be found on â€œLiving Out of Timeâ€; there is little in the way of extraneous chatter to annoy and break with the momentum that has been carefully cultivated during the rest of the DVD. Trower has not lost any skill in the length of time ey has been on the market; if anything, the selection of songs on this DVD is sufficient to show that ey has actually increased, instead of decreased in talent. If one is of a fan of Trower, pick it up; if one likes hard, classic rock, pick it up.
Top Tracks: Breathless, Too Rolling Stoned