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NEXT YEAR PEOPLE is the work of an artist who is a true master of his craft. The album is full of quizzical, curious, cynical yet open hearted songs with catchy melodic hooks that underscore deeply insightful lyrics. Some of the songs are based on Colin s personal experiences such as Waiting in the Rain written about his parents and the almost mystical experience he had growing up in a music shop in Scotland, surrounded by instruments and a constant stream of 50's and 60's radio hits. Others, according to Colin, just appear from somewhere such as Mr. Grogan , a dark study of a fictional character whom he has been developing over the years. The album s title track, Next Year People, is a stand out composition a stark but beautiful homage to the depression-era farmers who kept going by holding on to hope that next year would be better. They kept doing the same thing and expecting a different result, explains Colin. I can relate, although their situation was so much more bleak. The album was produced by Hay and mixed by Chad Fischer (Chasing Mavericks, Ice Age 3, Lisa Loeb) and includes contributions from two young Cuban musicians, San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Montejo, both of whom recently emigrated from Havana, as well Larry Goldings on piano, Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel) on B3, and as Colin's wife, vocalist Cecilia Noël.
This album comes packaged in a 4-color bi-fold wallet with a 12 page booklet with full credits, lyrics and liner notes. This CD edition includes two bonus tracks not found on the digital version.