June 15, 1993
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Art Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Album Review

In 1993, Pete Townshend issued his fourth true studio solo album for Atco (not counting a live album, a couple of demo collections, and a collaboration with Ronnie Lane), entitled Psychoderelict. Perhaps best known for his conceptually based works (the Who's Tommy, Quadrophenia, etc.), Townshend did indeed thread a storyline throughout the album, which appeared to be the tale of an aging rock star. Psychoderelict includes Townshend's hardest-rocking songs since his 1980 solo album, Empty Glass, such as "English Boy" and "Let's Get Pretentious." Three instrumental tracks paying tribute to Townshend's spiritual mentor, Meher Baba, incorporate the synth loop from the Who's "Baba O'Riley," the best being "Meher Baba M4" (although strangely, the synths sound remarkably similar to the Who's 1978 hit "Who Are You").
Greg Prato, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. English Boy
  2. Meher Baba M3
  3. Let's Get Pretentious
  4. Meher Baba M4 [Signal Box]
  5. Early Morning Dreams
  6. I Want That Thing
  7. Dialogue Introduction to Outlive the Dinosaur
  8. Outlive the Dinosaur
  9. Flame [Demo Version]
  10. Now and Then
  11. I Am Afraid
  12. Don't Try to Make Me Real
  13. Dialogue Introduction to Predictable
  14. Predictable
  15. Flame
  16. Meher Baba M5 [Vivaldi Regrooved]
  17. Fake It
  18. Dialogue Introduction to Now and Then (Reprise)
  19. Now and Then (Reprise)
  20. Baba O'Riley [Demo Version]
  21. English Boy (Reprise)
purchase full album