Album review: Robin Trower, Take What You Need (1988)


By Steve Newton

Robin Trower has put out some mighty fine albums in the past, like Bridge of Sighs in ’74, Caravan to Midnight in ’78, and B.L.T. (with Jack Bruce) in ’81. I’ve got a total of 11 Trower LPs in my collection, which might seem like a bit much, but I just adore the British bluesman’s guitar playing. It may owe a lot to Hendrix, but I’ve always felt that Trower’s music stood on its own merit.

Up until now, that is. The weaknesses that cropped up on Trower’s previous release, Passion, have all but taken over on this new one. The move from minor label (GNP Crescendo) to major one (Atlantic) has somehow resulted in the lamest Trower release ever.

His once-inspired axework is either played down or overshadowed by boring song arrangements that go nowhere and do nothing. “Love Attack” and the title track are actually hard to listen to.

Hoping for a great album, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Take What You Need. Now I only feel betrayed.



One thought on “Album review: Robin Trower, Take What You Need (1988)

  1. Saw Robin with Procul Harum a few times and loved his playing, missed him when he left that band as he took the edge with him. Only saw him once since and that was early in his solo efforts. As good as advertised.

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