Gary Barlow talks Beatles influence on new album
Gary Barlow has opened up about influences on his upcoming solo album ‘Since I Saw You Last’, saying that The Beatles have a particular place in his heart.
During a preview of his new material, Barlow told the Daily Star: “I was brought up on The Beatles, so was my producer Steve Power, he’s a Scouse, so I’m not surprised it has a Beatles vibe.
“I love the Revolver record and Jeff Lynne [of Electric Light Orchestra], there’s a bit of that in there. It’s old school.”
In particular, the album boasts a track called ‘Requiem’ which is said to have some Paul McCartney flavor to it.
“I wrote it with Robbie Williams,” said Barlow of the track. “I’ve got a song on his new album called ‘Wedding Bells’ and he’s got a song on mine. There’s always that competition between me and him, but it’s friendly rivalry.”
But despite that, the 42-year-old ‘X Factor’ judge says that his new single is his preferred track: “’Let Me Go’ is my favourite, it’s something different for me. I think it’s going to be fun to perform. It goes back to me thinking ‘Who am I as a solo artist?’ I went back to Johnny Cash and really early Elton John, I don’t want to do four-on-the-floor dance music, so how do I put tempo in music as a solo singer songwriter?
“I love that oompah feel you get with country, I’ve always had that folk thing, you listen back to Back For Good and there’s a bit of that there, I’ve never been able to explore it fully.”
Watch Barlow’s lyric video for ‘Let Me Go’ below:
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