Release Date: Jul 22, 2013
Record label: Universal Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
For somebody who clearly spends a shitload of time lamenting his public image, Johnny Borrell is remarkably willing to pioneer innovative methods of self-sabotage. Headlining Glastonbury’s Other Stage clad all in white. Arriving at SXSW, Hollywood girlfriend Kirsten Dunst in tow, astride a pristine Harley Davidson. Later dumped by said Hollywood girlfriend for riding a (different) motorcycle through her living room.
Borrell's braced for opprobrium anyway. "I have returned to the city/With precious stones in my pockets/And windows made of bricks," runs Wild Today. But take the J Borrell credit from songs such as Ladder to Your Bed and it's a louche love song with long legs. Disregard, if you can, all that messianic stadium flummery, and Each and Every Road trundles along winningly.
There’s no greater measure of human fallibility than the people we damned because they were right. Joan Of Arc? Burned at the stake. Nelson Mandela? Imprisoned for 27 years. Martin Luther King? Killed for having the courage to speak the truth. Jesus Christ? One letter away from having the same ….
What's an indie deity to do when the indie he pioneered has disappeared? Retreat to the south of France with a four-track recorder and suitcases stuffed with saxophones, apparently. Former Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell has tossed jangle-rock aside and now leads Zazou, a group of buskers whose task it is to parp instruments in the breaths between Borrell's words. Stylistically, Borrell 1 ranges from rudimentary drive-through rock'n'roll to swaggering Springsteen, if Springsteen was from Rugby and only performed at bi-annual street parties in Crouch End.
Heroic. That’s what Johnny Borrell is. In the face of adversity he’s unrelenting. His self confidence never wavers; his belief is unshakeable. He’s back, but he’s not backing down.Others would have taken a solo career as a fresh start; an opportunity for a clean slate. To tone things down ….