By Daniel Watts
Music Reviewer and Segment Producer
Wanting to hear more from John Entwistle after seeing The Who perform live in 2012, I decided to explore his solo career. One of the very first albums that caught my attention was “Too Late The Hero”. Both the title and cover had me intrigued immediately.
It was like looking at the cover of an action movie soundtrack. John Entwistle standing in place showing no signs of emotion while his signature Explorer bass is locked and loaded. The sunset behind John was the icing on the cake. Because of these elements gracing the cover I knew the album was going to be unique.
Entwistle took the album’s sound in a different direction than his previous efforts. “Too Late The Hero” is more Pop focused with the heavy use of synthesizers being the most notable Pop component. I think each song is special and likable but my favorite would have to be the title track. “Too Late The Hero” sums up the album’s movie centered theme and Pop/Rock sound entirely. The song has a darker ambient tone and is full of synthesizers. Lastly, setting at center stage is Entwistle talking about his life as if it were a movie on the silver screen, in a heartfelt manner.
Long live The Ox!