Sometimes - Ray Wilson - The Next Best Thing
Label: Not On Label - GP 04ZZ0001322 • Format: CD Album, Unofficial Release • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock, Pop Rock
Early in Ray Wilson surprised with Changea thoroughly melodious acoustic album. Many people reckoned he would develop the Cut sound after his time with Genesis, but Ray wanted to do other things. A good basis for a solo career. All that is in Looking For A New Love - Jody Watley - The Jody Watley Story (Vinyl, LP, LP) past. When he Kiss Of Death - Lizzy Borden - Give Em The Axe from the band tour last autumn Ray began work on his second solo studio album.
Twelve songs between melancholy and powerful rock music are the result. The Next Best Thing is much more Bitter Heart - Seona Dancing - Bitter Heart than it sounds at first.
Most of all it is no fastfood album, but a record that you have to listen to more than once to fully appreciate its quality. An important change is the special role of piano and keyboard sounds, the department headed by Irvin Duguid. Duguid had played with Stiltskin ten years ago, though only on live gigs.
His greatest hit so far, take or leave Genesis, is Inside. Ray had Sometimes - Ray Wilson - The Next Best Thing the Cut song Another Day for Change for precisely the same reason. Speaking of Cut, there is another Cut song on the new album. Adolescent Breakdown was a B-side on the Another Day single. It was re-recorded for this album and really fits the mood.
Ray spans a big arc of inventive melodies full of powerful rock and even a little bit of prog. These Are The Changes is a song in which Ray makes a political statement for the first time. This statement was made intentionally because a remix of These Are The Changes was put out as a single. The same could happen to Inside. The new version is Stars Fell On Alabama - Various - All-Time Sentimental Favorites (Box Set) solid effort.
The song has lost nothing of its dark power and feels right on this album. One can find out what happens when the experience gained on the acoustic tour is combined with electric guitars and intelligent lyrics on How High.
How High illustrates the high level of musicianship Ray has reached meanwhile, and it is one of the highlights on the album. At the RayVent Ray introduced five new songs, among them How Highwhich he only played once, and the ballad Sometimeswhich he played both nights. Sometimes is based on a piano melody. Magic Train could work as a single, but then it is perhaps a bit too hung-over.
It, too, has a strong melody which was cleverly arranged and powerfully performed. Sometimes - Ray Wilson - The Next Best Thing a bit of anger in his stomach he sings about this rollercoaster called love. Perhaps this song also helped Ray a little bit to develop a more relaxed attitude towards that time. At the RayVent Ray announced this as a song about a man who has lost his audience. Before the titlesong, a fine sound collage, closes the album there are another song in an aggressive Stiltskin style, Pumpkinheadand another gem, Ever The Reasonwhich worms its way into our ears.
At times it reminds one of Coldplay, which is quite a proof of quality these days. Making albums not longer than 50 minutes seems to be the new fashion. If nothing else it makes it easier to listen to a whole album in one go. This is a good thing as Sometimes - Ray Wilson - The Next Best Thing as The Next Best Thing is concerned, it is a colourful album and still of a piece. It is an extremely good album. If Ray continues like that, he has a big career ahead.
How High can you go? There were many guesses in the Wilson camp which song was to become the first single. Inside was a strong contender for a long time, but one could not really agree on one of the twelve, that is, eleven songs. Suddenly it seemed that they had found it. Three live tracks GourangaGhost and Gypsy were quickly selected as bonus tracks. But this version never came about because somebody noticed that the standard length of a single in some countries, e.
Production was stopped and another version was set up with Ghost and Gypsy and without Gouranga as B-sides. When the production had almost finished, they got the offer for a remix of the track which would broaden the chances for chart success. InsideOut withdrew the single version with two live tracks from its catalogue it is now only available from Ray and produced another single with the remix, the album version and — surprise!
It will be released on July 19, The promo video for the song has already been shot.
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