01. At The End Of The Day - (3m 11s)
02. The Same The Whole World Over - (3m 15s)
03. Love How You Leave Me - (2m 51s)
04. What Is It About My Girl - (3m 40s)
05. I'll Never Love Again - (3m 35s)
06. Where Did You Go To? (3m 34s)
07. Dansette Dreams And 45s - (5m 51s)
08. No Head For Figures But Yours - (2m 45s)
09. Penny Drops - (2m 43s)
10. This Riff - (2m 48s)
11. The Mind Boggles - (3m 39s)
12. For The Record - (2m 39s)
On 10th August, BMG will release a new self-titled album by Gilbert OíSullivan. Gilbert OíSullivanís unique blend of melodic craftsmanship, witty wordplay, topical acuity and surrealist humour has given him an enduring and endearing career. His songwriting knack has outlived and transcended fashion, global million-sellers, critical acclaim, court cases and an occasional tendency to reclusiveness. Now recognised as one of our great singer-songwriters, heís been championed in recent years by everyone from Morrissey to Paul Weller, from Difford & Tilbrook to Neil Diamond. Thereís a case for him being our own Randy Newman or Harry Nilsson. Certainly Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne and Paul McCartney), who produces his new album Gilbert OíSullivan, is a clued-up enthusiast. ďIíve been a fan of Gilbertís for years,Ē he says. ďHeís a true original.Ē
Gilbertís 19 th studio album since his 1971 debut Himself feels in some ways a kindred spirit to that record, which yielded his first hit, the poetic and powerful breakthrough Nothing Rhymed. Itís organic, almost live feel is encouraged by Ethan and the songs sail on the perennial OíSullivan strengths of evocative tunes and wry insight.
The album was recorded on analogue equipment at OíSullivanís Frobisher Drive Studios, Jersey, in easy-going sessions with players hand-picked by Ethan. The band featured guitarist Paul Stacey (Oasis, Finn Brothers), bassist Nick Pini (Johnsí The Black Eyed Dog), drummer Jeremy Stacey (Noel Gallagherís High Flying Birds, The Waterboys), Stephanie Jean, AKA Ida Mae (hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, mellotron, harpsichord), and OíSullivan on vocals and piano. There are also guest appearances from several incredible musicians: Andy Fairweather Low (guitar), Chas Hodges (piano) and Geraint Watkins (piano Ė Van Morrison, Nick Lowe).
The resulting album is a collection of some of the finest songs Gilbert has ever written and recorded. Ranging from the melancholy charm of At The End Of The Day or Iíll Never Love Again to the brisk, buoyant Penny Drops, What Is It About My Girl and Ethanís favourite, the rollicking This Riff. There are musings on ageing and mortality, and also, of course, crisp comic touches, something Gilbert attributes to his love of Spike Milligan.
One of the albumís standout tracks is first single Where Did You Go To? which, with Gilbertís surreal wordplay and the hammond organ to the fore, would not be out of place on long-time influence, Bob Dylanís Like A Rolling Stone album.
Whilst the albumís centerpiece, Dansette Dreams And 45s, is a nod to nostalgia, Gilbertís deft, droll observations on todayís world remain ever eagle-eyed. The albumís final two songs, The Mind Boggles and For The Record, both tackle serious issues, with references to Donald Trump and homelessness. These songs show Gilbert at the top of his game, as he has been since banging out Dylan and Beatles tunes as a child on the piano, in the shed at the end of his motherís council house garden in Swindon.
ďSuccess for me is to write what I think is a good song,Ē says Gilbert. ďWhen Iím pleased with it, that, for me, is a magical moment. I never lost that buzz.Ē
Gilbert OíSullivan represents a talent as vibrant and in touch with its own truth as it has ever
been, and should ensure a new generation discovers this truly remarkable artist.
Gilbert OíSullivan will be available on digipack CD, vinyl and cassette.
Click here for album and single (Where Did You Go To?) pre-order links.