UK: Rock giant Shakin' Stevens announces bold new album Re-Set

Releases new single 'It All Comes Round'



Shakin' Stevens, one of the most enduring figureheads in rock and pop history, makes a triumphant return with the arresting and thought-provoking new single 'It All Comes Round' released via BMG.

The new single serves as a taster for a bold addition to his vast recording legacy, the album Re-Set, which will follow in April. Its 10 songs combine deeply heartfelt, meaningful lyrics with the most impassioned vocal performances he has ever summoned from himself, well over 50 years since his first recordings. Known for one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, Shakin' Stevens continues to chart almost every year with his 1985 hit, 'Merry Christmas Everyone' and most recently spent six weeks in the Official UK Charts.

Stevens started working on both the single and the upcoming album before the Covid pandemic and on the very day that restrictions were lifted in the UK, in the spring of 2021, Stevens and his fellow songwriters reconvened at co-producer and longtime collaborator John David's Berry Hill Studio. Re-Set is the result.

'It All Comes Round' is a vivid description of karma, and how kindness to others will come back to you in reward, just as hatred also travels in both directions. “It all comes down to doing what you can,” Stevens sings, “and it don't hurt to lend a helping hand.” It's a compelling trailer for an album that takes the infectious roots-rock of his acclaimed and highly successful 2016 release Echoes Of Our Times into even more adventurous territory.

Re-Set has a number of personal storylines, drawn from Stevens' own family chronicles, and the working-class background from which the young Michael Barratt crafted his incredible career. A unique combination of vocal prowess and unstoppable determination helped to create a star who became the UK's bestselling singles artist of a decade; his overall track record includes 33 Top 40 UK hits, four Number Ones, countless hit albums and undimmed popularity all over Europe and far beyond.

On Re-Set, those personal tales weave into an interconnected narrative about our collective place in the modern world, both real and virtual. There are songs about the plight of his ancestors, the uncle he never knew, and his own mother, who had a very difficult life, but nevertheless raised 13 children almost singlehandedly, while also holding down a job. But the album is also firmly rooted in the present day, as a call to arms about our planet and what we're doing to it, and to each other.

'It All Comes Round' is the first instalment, by an artist who has seen and achieved more than most people could dream of, since he first charmed audiences as a teenager. Re-Set will be another exciting chapter in that story, and Stevens can't wait to share it with loyal fans and new admirers alike. “It's a follow-up,” as he says, “but it's different. People were surprised by Echoes Of Our Times, and I guess the same is going to happen with Re-Set.”

Source BMG

January 18, 2023 4:00am ET by Pressparty  

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