I just don't think there's any inspiration, barely any melody in the songwriting, no sense of fun either, which needs to be in George's solo stuff for it to work for me.
That's why I like GT more than SIE and ET. He's having a laugh on Gone Troppo, he actually doesn't care about the industry anymore and wants to make an album he enjoys. SIE just sounds like a chore – and he really didn't have the songs.
Blood from a clone: If you're going to attack the music industry, do it with a song that doesn't make it seem like they were right! It's so limp, no melody and sounds whiny from a man who's living in a huge Henley mansion because of the music industry and its benefits. There's no bottom end on the production, either.
Unconsciousness Rules: I guess this is okay – a poor re-write of This Song, but no strong melody to speak of, really. And the backing vocals are really corny.
Life Itself: Gorgeous. Artistic inspiration and on of his best solo melodies. Beautifully played and sung. So far ahead of anything on the rest of the record.
All those years ago: It's hard to be too down on this because it's a John tribute, but... It doesn't feel like a song about a real human relationship, like Here Today does. Maybe because it's uptempo, maybe because he re-wrote the lyrics after John was murdered, but it doesn't move me like HT or Never Without You do.
Baltimore Oreole: This album's just all over the place stylistically. I don't really like the sax, or the song. Not one of his better covers.
Teardrops: Again, just a weak melody. The song's not there. Very ELO production, come to think of it, which is interesting given what he later did with Jeff Lynne. But not a strong song.
That Which I Have Lost: I actually quite like this one. Reminds me of Deep Blue or something like that.
Writing's on the Wall: It's just very similar to a number of meandering tunes without a very strong melody on this and the previous two albums. He just wasn't writing very strong melodies at this time.
Hong Kong Blues: Unfortunately, it sounds just like the music from Sonic the Hedgehog! (The opening synth riff thing anyway).
Save the World: Horrible! No melody. A couple of nice lines though.
May sweet memories of friends from the past
Always comes to you, when you look for them