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Ian Hunter The Artful Dodger review 2014

 

IAN HUNTER - THE ARTFUL DODGER

DUST ON THE TRACKS

OUT NOW - 2014

 

 

Ex-Mott the Hoople main man Ian Hunter had and continues to have a varied solo career and this album from 1996 is probably one of my personal highlights. Reissued by the excellent ‘Dust on the Tracks’ label this release comes with the added inclusion of rare B-side ‘All F%&k Up’ which should please fans.

 

In truth at times throughout his long career Hunter wasn’t always as focussed as he is here and ‘The Artful Dodger’ is a great listen containing some great songs like the ballad ‘Too Much’ that opens and ‘Resurrection Mary’. Perhaps the highlight though will always be ‘Michael Picasso’, the song Hunter wrote for the great Mick Ronson who died in 1993: it’s a song that you can feel is full of both love and reverence and it’s a fitting tribute to the great guitarist.

 

As moods go the Artful dodger is a little downcast and understandably so with Hunter losing such a great friend and foil and that does rub off on the music. There are still some great tracks though: so add to those already mentioned ‘23A Swan Hill’, and ‘Open My Eyes’ and you have a decent Ian Hunter album. We may miss the guitar of Ronson, but stand in Darryl Bath does a decent enough, if subdued, job.  

 

Definitely worth exploring.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

Ian Hunter The Artful Dodger review 2014