Full 12 song preview of Rick Springfield's new album, 'Songs for the End of the World'.
1. Wide Awake
2. Our Ship's Sinking
3. I Hate Myself
4. You & Me
6. A Sign of Life
7. My Last Heartbeat
9. Love Screws Me Up
10. I Found You
12. One Way Street
Get details and visit the interactive web site for the album at: rickspringfield.com
'Songs For The End Of The World' is the brand new studio album by one of music's most enduring icons, Rick Springfield. Filled with personal lyrics and giant hooks, it's a pop/rock tour de force proving once again that there's always been more to Rick Springfield than his 17 top 40 hits and signature #1 hit Jessie's Girl.
Highlights on the new album include the vintage three-chord rock of "I Hate Myself," the anthemic "Our Ship's Sinking," the mid tempo ballad "You & Me," and the album opening rocker "Wide Awake."
Songs for the End of the World will be released on October 9th, 2012. Each CD hard copy album version album features unique bonus digital content such as videos and downloadable bonus tracks, which are accessible through a free specialized 'Rick Interactive' app and web site.
Collaborating on songs like the three-chord rocker "I Hate Myself," the anthemic "Our Ship's Sinking," "Love Screws Me Up" and "Depravity" with his bass player Matt Bissonette, Springfield sets his sights on the possibilities of escaping the current, apocalyptic world situation in our closest relationships. In doing so, he employs the kind of self-effacement and ability to poke fun at himself as he demonstrated when putting his dog Lethal Ron on the cover of Working Class Dog or spoofing his image by playing a sleazy, drug-and-sex-crazed version of himself on Showtime's dark comedy Californication. John Waite and Mr. Mister's Richard Page appear as backup vocalists, along with Rick's original guitarist, Tim Pierce, who hasn't played on record with him since 1999's Karma.
"There's real feeling in it, but you can't write about that stuff too seriously," he says of his sometimes tongue-in-cheek approach to serious subjects. "In the end, it's about the world in flames, but from a personalized viewpoint. I take what's happening to me and place it in a universal context. It's what I've always tried to do with my songwriting."
The album also includes special bonus, digital, cloud-based material that can be accessed by scanning a picture inside the album's booklet via the special app, including videos, photos and additional bonus tracks. Befitting the performer's special relationship with his audience, Springfield enlisted fans to submit videos of themselves singing along to a YouTube recording of "I Hate Myself." Springfield then used these fan's actual voices on the album as well as an extended bonus version of "I Hate Myself" and has included their names in the credits. A 30-minute audio collection of the individual entries will be part of the extra features offered for all physical versions of the album. There are four separate album covers containing unique bonus content available through various individual retailers. Get details and visit the interactive web site for the album at: rickspringfield.com
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