has completed an extensive solo, acoustic tour of the UK, Ireland
and, Germany playing to over fifty thousand people. His style plays
twenty five years of singing, in church, and later as lead singer of
Inspiral Carpets. â€˜I only play songs I likeâ€™ says Tom, â€˜thatâ€™s the
only real criteriaâ€™. This logical approach resulted in a series of
headlining and support dates, including most notably the new years
eve celebrations supporting Ian brown in front of 20 000 revellers
in Manchester , two Scottish dates with Shed Seven, and a major UK
tour with Glenn Tilbrook.
still lead singer with the Inspirals where along with Shaun Ryder
and Ian Brown he came to the fore as part of the late eighties
Manchester music scene. As well as being the finest singer of that
generation he also wrote many of the Inspirals hit singles.
singing style incorporates Soul, R and B, and Jazz. His delivery is
technically superior, and easily more emotive than many of his
contemporaries. Celebrated artist Lenny Kravitz was moved to comment
â€˜You should be singing on Broadwayâ€™ after witnessing Hingley singing
live at a television recording. Damon Gough (Badly Drawn Boy) , is
Britain Untidyâ€™ is Tomâ€™s debut album with no overdubs, just one
guitar, one voice and 11 great songs. Few artists could carry such
a minimalist approach , but Tomâ€™s unique talent makes him an all
together different proposition. His vocal prowess is something to
behold, and it is almost impossible to convey the beauty and sheer
power this man can produce with his La Scalla Larynx. It is surely
tuned to his very heart and soul.
Britain Untidyâ€™ is a heavily personal anecdote charting Tomâ€™s recent
marriage break up, perhaps most potently in â€˜Good bye to the Lord of
my Lifeâ€™. The lachrymose nature of this track is deep enough to
crush a whale. â€˜Port In A Stormâ€™ is another highlight where he shows
the full extent of his awesome vocal range. The haunting arpeggio
intro recalls Led Zeppelinâ€™s â€˜Stairwayâ€™, but the chorus lift
establish the tune in its very own territory.
many ways this material, despite the unmistakable voice, couldnâ€™t be
any further away from the Inspiralâ€™s pop format. Tom seems to be
tapping into ramshackle Blues, roving folk and Soul, the type which
John Martyn made his name with his 70â€™s albums â€˜Solid Airâ€™, and â€˜One
World. This is roots music.
Fortnam in his Music 365 review of Tomâ€™s 100 club concert in London
â€˜â€™Armed with only an acoustic guitar and sporting a Hilfiger
lampooning â€˜Tommy Hilfiger T shirt, Tom Blasts out a series of
denuded epics from his forthcoming debut album along with the
stunningly forceful â€˜Straight Into Your Heartâ€™ (complete with
spine-tingling falsetto climaxes), through the deliciously salacious
â€˜Taste Of Youâ€™ to the stunning Scott Walker-esque fire of â€˜What Can
I Lose?â€™ Hingleyâ€™s self- penned material is by turns brooding,
explosive and undeniably awesome.â€™â€™
Hingley could always be counted upon to shatter lenses at fifty
paces with his rare clarity, and heavens be praised, heâ€™s lost none
of his power, In fact, it would seem that heâ€™s extended his range to
a quite stratospheric levelâ€™â€™.
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