Spencer Brown & Bruce Thomas / Back to the Start
Bassist! Author! Former Attraction Bruce Thomas plies his instantly identifiable craft with yet another fine songwriter, Spencer Brown. Back to the Start (2017) exudes a casual bar-band vibe, and more than a few cuts certainly evoke comparison Thomas’ old boss – most evidently “Jonah in the Whale,” “Fall On You,” and “Noisy Neighbors.” As he did so brilliantly with Declan, Bruce works the pocket with melodic motifs aplenty. Ye gods, had Jann excluded Messrs. Pete and Bruce Thomas, and Steve Nieve on the 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot - bass players of my generation would have raged from Singapore to Widnes….