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Music Review: Frampton sounds better than ever

Zachary Hunt

The Broadside

Peter Frampton is one of the most celebrated Ameri­can musicians in the history of classic rock. Co-founder of Humble Pie and The Herd, Frampton went solo in 1971 and never looked back. In nearly forty years, he has created 15 albums, most of which have sold by the millions.

In 2006, Frampton won a Grammy for his 55-min­ute instrumental album Fingerprints.

“Awards aren’t supposed to enhance one’s creative juices, but they don’t hurt. With the Grammy I feel vali­dated as the musician I al­ways felt I’ve been,” says Frampton on his website. Since then, the artist has written over 50 songs, me­thodically choosing the 11 tracks for Thank You Mr. Churchill.

The album is an autobi­ography of Frampton’s entire life. He begins in the first track with thanking Winston Churchill, who ended the Second World War and in turn brought Frampton’s fa­ther back home to conceive the now Grammy-winning musician. In the album, he also writes about Wall Street, the North Korean government, and his seven year sobriety.

Although Frampton has greatly matured as a writer and a musician, the sounds that explode out of Thank You Mr. Churchill will easily make you feel like you’re listening to Frampton when he still drank and had long hair. He rocks every song on guitar and, of course, plays many other in­struments throughout the album. Each and every song on Thank You Mr. Churchill is dear to Frampton’s heart, which really shines through in his singing, which is more clean and precise than ever before. In addition, his guitar sound is truly perfected for what he was trying to create by doing whole solos in deep, slow melodies.

Peter Frampton loves making music, there is no way of getting around that. For a professional musician who has been hard at work for over fifty years to still find enjoyment in simply experi­menting with music is truly amazing. Still creating new sounds and music, Frampton has tuned into the world in a special way that every musi­cian should envy.

You may contact Zachary Hunt at zhunt@cocc.edu

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  1. Peter Frampton is British, not American. I think it’s also a well known fact that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The Broadside should think about running corrections every once and a while.

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