Not one to rest on his multitude of laurels, Glenn Tilbrook is back – ducking and diving, bobbing and weaving – with his fifth non-Squeeze album, Happy Ending. Inventive, witty and stuffed with a twinkling trove of brand-new melodies, it proves the man’s musicality and sense of craft are more energised than ever. The album sprang out of a quiet period in the writing of Squeeze’s forthcoming album.
A true wordsmith, Grizzard has largely eschewed the current state of popular songwriting. Bits of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits emerge at times, as he weaves together his unique brand of storytelling with melodies and influences of days gone by. But through it all, the pain, urgency and passion of his music is unmistakable and timeless.