Why am I sitting here listening to Bob Welch on a Saturday morning, with the entire weekend and a big stack of records in front of me? This is a good question. French Kiss is one of the records from my recent load of free stuff, and I kept it purely for the sentimental impact of the 1970s AM radio classic “Sentimental Lady”, which I can remember hearing as a kid. And since I’m neurotic, I feel compelled to listen to all of any record that I decide to buy and/or keep. Hence Welch is on the turntable in the other room as I burn CDs to my iTunes down the hall.
Is French Kiss good? Well, it’s not bad… and I do like it a bit. There’s sort of this weird rock-disco fusion happening that’s enjoyable, even if it tries too hard at times (I’m looking at you, “Mystery Train”). Musically it’s solid, as well it should be given some of the “backing” musicians like, oh, you know, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, and Christine McVie (Welch was a member of Fleetwood Mac in the early 1970s).
The more bluesy “Outskirts” is solid, a track that moves in a different direction than the rest of French Kiss, though the chorus has more than a little of the “Sentimental Lady” cadence in it. A fun trip down memory lane.