Roger Taylor – Outsider (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Roger Taylor – Outsider (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 47:02 minutes | 942 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © EMI

‘Outsider’ is Taylor’s first album of new material since 2013’s ‘Fun On Earth’. With much of the album being recorded during lockdown, it finds Taylor in a reflective mood. Across the record he conveys a palpable sense of seclusion, concerns over the passing of time, and tellingly, dedicates it ‘to all the outsiders, those who feel left on the sidelines’. A highly personal project, the instrumentation is almost entirely performed by Taylor, with his largely restrained vocals matching the album’s contemplative ambience. But Taylor does cut loose along the way with a foray into some hard-riffing blues-rock as well as an adrenalin charged BIG surprise retread of a classic 1965 novelty song.

When you think of David Bowie, you think of the fast-moving, slightly scuffed vibrato voice. Pink Floyd brings to mind soaring rock. But mention Roger Taylor and you are reminded of a different legend from the 70s/80s. A regular drummer for Queen (for whom he also wrote a handful of songs), the musician is more than just a man in the shadows as he releases his sixth solo album, Outsider. The dashing septuagenarian is a skilled practitioner of elegant rock, where the guitars and the drums (which he plays himself) sometimes give way to a saxophone solo (More Kicks) or a reverb-heavy piano, all wrapped up in dreamy synths (Journey’s End). That said, fans of more muscular rock will also be pleased with the second part of More Kicks, the subversive lyrics of Gangsters Are Running This World or the brass-laden Clapping Song. The album contains two covers from his own repertoire: he reinterprets Foreign Sand (from the 1994 album Happiness) in a more bittersweet tone, as well as Absolutely Anything, which was the theme song of a film of the same name by Terry “Monty Python” Jones, who died in 2020. – Nicolas Magenham

1. Roger Taylor – Tides
2. Roger Taylor – I Know, I Know, I Know
3. Roger Taylor – More Kicks (Long Day’s Journey Into Night… Life)
4. Roger Taylor – Absolutely Anything
5. Roger Taylor – Gangsters Are Running This World
6. Roger Taylor – We’re All Just Trying To Get By
7. Roger Taylor – Gangsters Are Running This World (Purple Version)
8. Roger Taylor – Isolation
9. Roger Taylor – The Clapping Song
10. Roger Taylor – Outsider
11. Roger Taylor – Foreign Sand (English Mix)
12. Roger Taylor – Journey’s End