Glen Matlock & The Philistines Born Running

Glen Matlock & The Philistines Born Running
Even though he shouldn't need it, one can't mention punk icon Glen Matlock without putting him into context as the initial bassist for English marauders the Sex Pistols. At that, foregoing the lengthy hearsay about his expulsion and eventual reinstatement for their reunion tours and getting into what he's doing on solo effort Born Running is nearly impossible. These dozen tracks almost instantly prove what many have speculated for years: Matlock is a competent, diverse songwriter too advanced for the brash minimalism of the Pistols. Patient and rock-based, many of these tunes are far from the aggression and combativeness of punk, but aren't exactly forgettable. Lush with catchy choruses, rich harmonies and an influx of supportive instruments beyond the basic guitar/bass/drums configuration, the entire album is well written and perfectly executed. Yes, it's a bit slow and plodding, at times, and a truly rousing ripper would do wonders, but the guy is getting long in the tooth. While Born Running isn't about to inspire a new branch on the punk rock family tree, it's certainly a healthy little shoot. (Stomp)