Most artists put out a record every couple of years. Occasionally they leave it a decade or so or, at a push, even two. But 33 years is going some. Unbelievably, it’s been that long since Bill Wyman, illustrious ex-Rolling Stone bass player, released his last UK solo CD. And Back To Basics is only his fourth UK solo album.
Coming out on 22nd June, Back To Basics features 12 tracks in total, including three reworked demos and nine brand new songs. It’s a record that crosses various genres; it’s stripped back, pared down, polished and – most important of all – immensely likeable.
We will be reviewing the album in the coming weeks, but until then you can listen to the track ‘What & How & If & When & Why’ below.
Sounding a little like a cross between Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen with a passing nod towards Ian Dury, ‘What & How & If & When & Why’ is driven along by its gritty vocals and strong rhythm section. Its insistent beat combined with covertly menacing lyrics make for a compelling combination.