12 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dave Stewart prefers to work with others. He may want to control the outcome, but he’s most comfortable collaborating. He did it—to great success—as half of Eurythmics, and he struggled a bit as part of SuperHeavy. The solo release Lucky Numbers is the result of him living in Nashville. Martina McBride adds her vocal touch to the mainstream pop-rock track “Every Single Night,” while Karen Elson (the other former Mrs. Jack White) pulls off a worthy duet on the piano ballad “Nashville Snow.” Aussie singer/songwriter Vanessa Amorosi joins The Ringmaster’s Choir on the nasty modern blues-rock of “Drugs Taught Me a Lesson” and the lonely-at-the-top piano weeper “What Is Wrong with Me?” and contributes without the Choir on the wry, jumpy “How to Ruin a Romance.” Amorosi plays a strong foil to Stewart’s veteran-rocker status (he sounds like Nick Lowe in spots). On his own, Stewart is as eclectic as ever, turning up the volume for the bluesy “Satellite” and the roots-rock “Why Can’t We Be Friends." He settles into MOR for the countryish “Never Met a Woman Like You.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dave Stewart prefers to work with others. He may want to control the outcome, but he’s most comfortable collaborating. He did it—to great success—as half of Eurythmics, and he struggled a bit as part of SuperHeavy. The solo release Lucky Numbers is the result of him living in Nashville. Martina McBride adds her vocal touch to the mainstream pop-rock track “Every Single Night,” while Karen Elson (the other former Mrs. Jack White) pulls off a worthy duet on the piano ballad “Nashville Snow.” Aussie singer/songwriter Vanessa Amorosi joins The Ringmaster’s Choir on the nasty modern blues-rock of “Drugs Taught Me a Lesson” and the lonely-at-the-top piano weeper “What Is Wrong with Me?” and contributes without the Choir on the wry, jumpy “How to Ruin a Romance.” Amorosi plays a strong foil to Stewart’s veteran-rocker status (he sounds like Nick Lowe in spots). On his own, Stewart is as eclectic as ever, turning up the volume for the bluesy “Satellite” and the roots-rock “Why Can’t We Be Friends." He settles into MOR for the countryish “Never Met a Woman Like You.”

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