Released: May 14, 2021
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About the Album:
Eric Bazilian is best known as a founding member of the Hooters, a rock band which originated in the 1980s in Philadelphia. That group has released six studio albums to date. Bazilian released two solo albums in the early part of the 20th century and then did another album, What Shall Become of the Baby?, with Mats Wester in 2012. His self-titled Bazilian marks his first return with a full-fledged studio effort in nine years.
The build-up for the album took place over more than a year with the first single, a cover of the Beatles’ Help!, being released in April 2020. A second single, Heaven Ain’t Gonna Save Us, was released in November 2020. It is Bazilian’s reflection on the polarization of American politics. He says, “I wrote the song the day after the 2016 election, just thinking about how divided the country had gotten…No matter which side ‘wins,’ half of the people are going to feel like losers.” KY “In lesser hands, the subject matter could make for a one-sided thesis, but Bazilian’s characteristic upbeat optimism, clever analogies, and pop music sensibilities elevate the song into a memorable, sing-along chorus of shared blame of both sides.” AS
A month later, I Miss Everything was released as a third single. The “folky anthem” GL was fitting for a pandemic-plagued world as it “immediately connects to a feeling we all have these days as the world continues to be shut down and seemingly all moments of spontaneous fun are still on hold.” GL While Bazilian still considers Philadelphia home, he maintains a studio in Stockholm, Sweden. When the pandemic hit, he was locked down in the studio, VD where he wrote this song. And that while “the music and lyrics contain their fair share of pathos, the overriding sentiment is one of gratitude.” GL
The “jangly” VD Sarah When She’s Sleeping was released as the fourth single in March 2021. Bazilian calls it “a shameless declaration of love and redemption, for and by a good and kind woman.” VD He said he was trying to convey “the sense of home that I get when I see my partner peacefully at rest and hear the sweet sounds she makes when she’s there.” VD
A month later, Back in the 80s, was released as the fifth single. While that single is a seemingly reminiscent song about the 1980s, Bazilian says, “As glorified as that decade has been (and as kind as it was to me and my band, the Hooters), I feel no more sentimental attachment to it than I do to any of the other decades that gave us great music. If anything, the song is about appreciating the time we live in for all its beauty as well as its faults and frailities.” AM
In a clever twist, the video is set not in the 1980s, but more a setting akin to the 1880s or even the 1780s.
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First posted 6/16/2021.