I Thought I was Fine.
Easy Going Archetypal Americana Yarns, Stories and Off Kilter Observations.
Tommy Womack is a man who can spin a yarn, a natural storyteller with an easy style that belies the depth of his somewhat off kilter observations.
Not only a forefather of what we know as Americana; Womack has not only cheated death more than once; but is a former member of Government Cheese, which once gave us the quirky “Cheese Chronicles: the True Story of a Rock Band You’ve Never Heard Of,” which kind of shows where he’s coming from.
I Feel Fine is his 8th solo LP.and very much a back-to-basics record; utilising plain old Rock n Roll, with a few elements of punk and country, making it completely Tommy Womack of course.
From the opening track ‘Pay It Forward’ a rocking good tale of how to keep right in hard times, “Pay it forward as best you can” through to the end this album rocks along with an easy swagger.
I Thought I Was Fine comes next; and finds Tommy reflecting on how you can be fine one day and everything changes the next.
A Little Bit of Sex part2 rocks like a manic Tom Petty or our very own Rockpile at their very best. It’s an answer or follow-up to his A Little Bit of Sex on Positively Na Na.
Older and with a new wiser take on human desire,
‘Free at last Thank God almighty, I’m free at last‘
From when he sang ‘Every muscle every nerve flexed, in the pursuit of…a little bit of sex‘ I feel you Tommy, I feel you.
I Got No Place To Go doesn’t drop the pace, rocking out with a beguilingly catchy hook and then Call Me Garry is a far darker tale of, shall we just say an overly friendly priest.
Thankfully things lighten up with That Lucky Old Sun, a cowpunk version of the Frankie Lane classic from 1949.
It’s All About Me keeps things light and the cheer doesn’t stop there, with I Do being a love song with a riff that harkens back to the Velvet Underground at their peak.
I’ve heard many versions of Cole Porters’, Miss Otis Regrets over the years, but Womack’s wry take on the murder ballad gets a swinging and bluesy revision; suiting Tommy with it’s droll look at life and death.
Job Hunting While Depressed is a far happier tune than the title would suggest, even though the thoughtful lyrics convey a sense of desperation and resignation.
Things take an odd turn with The Story of Waymond and Lou, a spoken intro tells of a couple who share something ‘special’; in spite of themselves. While a good story in itself, it serves as an intro to the last track, I Wish I’d Known you Better, a gentle lament for Womack’s dear departed older brother.
I Thought I Was Fine is the album title, but “This is More Than Fine” would be an even better title.
Released October 15th 2021
Courtesy the Irish Magpie Tom Gleeson.
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