Chuck Berry passed away on the 18th March of this year and his final gift to the world was a new album, released on the 9th June. It had been 38 years since his previous album Rock It was released in 1979 with Berry focusing more on live work since then, so when news broke before his passing that he was working on a new album I was ecstatic.
Seven years after the release of their last proper studio album, Plastic Beach, Gorillaz are back with their brand new album Humanz. Rumours of this album began to surface two years ago while Damon Albarn was touring with Blur and those rumours escalated last year with confirmed reports that he was in the studio working on a new album. The result is Humanz, a wonderful album that sees Gorillaz return to their very best.
Last month John Mayer released Wave One from his new album The Search For Everything, essentially the first four songs of the album. And today Mayer released the next four, Wave Two, and I’ve been listening to it non-stop all day. These four songs build on the brilliance of the first four and contain so many different vibes, tones and genres it’s unreal.
Recently I had the huge pleasure of interviewing Bobby Whitlock, one quarter of the legendary Derek and the Dominos, on his soon to be released new studio album Tornillo and upcoming tour. I interviewed Bobby for the first time back in 2012 and have spoken to him multiple times as I complete my biography on Derek and the Dominos, and speaking to him again on his new album and tour was a joy.
John Mayer has released the first four songs from his new album, The Search For Everything. It’s not a standard release process as he’s releasing four songs per month until the whole thing is out in full, which is certainly something fresh and unique. Wave One features four incredible songs including the first single Love On The Weekend which was released before Christmas last year. Each song is superb in their own unique way and if these four songs are anything to go by, The Search For Everything will be one of the best albums of 2017.
The first studio album in over a decade sees The Rolling Stones return to their roots with an incredible blues album containing nothing but covers of classic blues numbers. There’d been a lot of speculation over the last few years as to whether the band would ever return to the studio, and even though there isn’t an original number anywhere on the album, Blue & Lonesome is one hell of a musical statement from the greatest rock and roll band of all time.