Released earlier this year in the UK and further abroad, Bill Wyman’s latest album Back To Basics has now been made available in Japan. The album comprises 12 tracks, nine of which are brand new songs, while the digital version also features a bonus track, ‘Exciting’. The snappy lyrics are refreshingly audible and the instrumentation is clean, subtle and accomplished.
The album wears its influences on its sleeve – Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, JJ Cale – and makes more than a passing nod to Bill’s own English background. Indeed it is that rare thing, a meld of styles and genres that actually work together. It drives along with a rhythmic muscularity, and then slows the pace for more autobiographical lyric and melody. It is an album that warrants repeated play.
Musicians joining Bill in the studio were long time collaborator/guitarist Terry Taylor, Guy Fletcher (of Mark Knopfler fame), Graham Broad and Robbie McIntosh while co-production credit goes to Andy Wright (Jeff Beck, Eurythmics, Simply Red).