Roger Daltrey returns to “soul” roots on new album

The Who frontman teases his upcoming record with its title track, “As Long as I Have You.”

Roger Daltrey, frontman of The Who, today announced the release of As Long as I Have You, his first solo studio album since 1992’s Rocks in the Head. And from the looks of things, the latest production is gonna be a nostalgic one.

As Long as I Have You features a mix of originals and covers that have inspired Daltrey, such as Nick Cave’s “Into My Arms” and Stevie Wonder’s “You Haven’t Done Nothing.” According to the legendary vocalist, this album represents a return to his salad days, when he was in a band playing soul music to small crowds. What’s changed, however, is that he now has more than 50 years of life experiences to “put the soul into soul music.”

“You carry all the emotional bruises of life and when you sing these songs, those emotions are in your voice,” Daltrey said. “You feel the pain of a lost love. You feel it and you sing it and that’s soul. For a long time, I’ve wanted to return to the simplicity of these songs, to show people my voice, a voice they won’t have heard before.”

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To tease the release, Daltrey has shared the title track. It’s a fast-paced, upbeat tune that boasts a choir of squealing horns, a feel-good melody and vibrant vocal acrobatics—check the song out here:

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