Review: Glass Tiger frontman's solo album hits mostly the right notes
We here at Stuck in the '80s adore our Canadian brothers and sisters and can't get enough of your homeland's music. Which is why I'm glad Montreal correspondent Peter Ryan had his eyes and ears open and let us know that Alan Frew, the frontman for Glass Tiger, had a new solo album. Here's Peter's review.
The '80s nation in Canada and beyond was delighted to hear recently that Glass Tiger frontman Alan Frew planned to release an album of music from our favorite decade, mostly covering hits from other artists but also featuring some of his own band's content. The album is called 80290 Rewind went live in early November and does not disappoint.
This is a comeback project of sorts for Frew who recently suffered a stroke, and the Scottish-born naturalized Canadian showed that he can't be slowed down when it comes to his love of '80s music.
This album was recorded by a very warm-sounding Frew and is in many ways a microcosm of the best aspects of the 1980s; perhaps the most striking element to it is Frew's willingness to experiment outside of the traditional Glass Tiger pop mantra and take on New Wave tracks embodied in his superb rendition of Human by Human League.
Equally, soundtrack classics Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds and Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes are standouts, while Tears for Fears fans will love his beautiful rendition of Everybody Wants to Rule the World. The Thompson Twins also feature on this album, with Frew singing what is perhaps the best track of them all in the form of Hold Me Now.
It should be noted that there are a one or two covers that don't come across as lively as others. The attempt at Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U is somewhat stilted, while Time After Time (made famous by Cindi Lauper) seems a bit out of place next to the other tracks. However, just listening to Frew's melodic version of Glass Tiger's smash hit Someday is the perfect nostalgic capstone to this album and a great singer's talent and strength of character.