Lyrically, Rocket Science is an album that doesn’t break new ground or offer anything profound, and musically very little of great interest happens. This is not to say that anything horrible is happening, far from it, it would be hard to find fault with how any of the songs are constructed, it’s all just a little too paint-by-numbers.
Playing nearly 100 concerts a year, Springfield clearly loves performing, and perhaps this is his Achilles heel: an inability to not do it himself. It is hard not to feel that if Springfield lent his song-writing prowess to another, younger, performer – someone who would roughen the edges and push things in an unexpected direction – that the songs presented here would be more compelling.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 17 February 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.