While he last presented half an Earth band album with "2006", Manfred Mann is now raging himself out alone on "Lone Arranger", as the name already reveals. In doing so, he has taken on great pieces from the history of rock or classical music, but also his own numbers, which as samples have found a new way of playing in modern styles. All in all, a daring venture. So you don't believe your ears when you hear rapper Kayne West on "One Hand In The Air". Trumpeter Till Brönner gives the pieces jazzy elegance on several occasions, including the free cover "All Right Now". "Rock You" offers typical spherical man synths, while various voices deconstruct Queens showpiece. In "I Came For You" Mann simply takes the Disco Boys version and lays his Moog over it. "Nothing Compares 2 You" is reminiscent of Miles Davis. The grooving "Bang A Gong" and his aggressive Prodigy cover "One Way Stand-Up" are just cool. One is surprised how much a soon 74-year-old can have his ear so close to the pulse of time. Earth band fans will have a hard time with this album.
Top Track: One Way Stand-Up