Claudia Brücken: Where Else UK CD 
- I Want You
- Nothing Good Is Ever Easy
- I Lay All Night
- Day Is Done
- Walk Right In
- How Do I Know
- Moon Song
- Letting Go
- Time To Make Changes
- Sweet Sound Vision
It seems like only yesterday <cue harp run> that I was anticipating the new Claudia Brücken album, “The Lost Are Found.” That album got released in November of 2012, but I only scraped together the cash to buy it a few months later. So it’s still “fresh” on my racks at under 10 years of age! In these, the end times, I’m used to artists taking 5-8 years between releases these days [Simple Minds, I’m calling you out] as they struggle with the new musical economies. Every other album I want these days has been crowdsourced.
Not so, says Little Claudia, who has hinted that new material was being readied just a few months ago and viola! She’s signed with our friends at Cherry Red who should probably institute a subscription program, given the amount of material on my want list from them. The cover is already designed and it hits the streets on October 6th. The advance scuttlebutt says that this is the first album she’s made that is not reliant on computers or synthesizers, but what of “Another Language?” That seemed [I guess seemed is the operative word here] to be largely Andrew Poppy’s acoustic piano. But I digress. For this outing, after coaxing some of the finest work from the hands of Stephen Hague yet, she’s joined forces with John Williams [Blancmange, Housemartins] in the studio to make her next move. While the new economies often mandate self-production, I’m pleased that she gets to still make record the old fashioned way, by collaborating with other people. It broadens one’s horizons, and Ms. Brücken has yet to make a clunker.
All of these songs are new compositions, save for the Nick Drake cover [“Day Is Done”] and Claudia has learned to play the guitar that she’s toting on the cover expressly for the writing of these songs, so expect some new wrinkles in her dossier.
“It was actually exotic. The guitar could create special effects instead of the usual machines, which have become much more ordinary than they were when I first started.” – Claudia Brücken
She has a point with that quote. Even by the mid-80s when Propaganda turned my head severely with their stunning work, technopop was getting a bit long in tooth. If a band like Pet Shop Boys didn’t write such outstanding material, their sound might have passed me by completely by that time. Personally, it’s the juxtaposition of machines and older instruments that entrances my ear the most, so we await the results with keen interest.
The album will be available in CD and LP formats with no outlandish “collector variations” available to muddy the waters of purchase and enjoyment. A bit of that works for me, but it can get out of hand these days. Better still, one can buy the CD on pre-order as well as the LP on pre-order for less than a king’s ransom. Hopefully, there might be an actual single or two where B-sides may manifest. Keep watching the skies. Meanwhile, I just realized last night that I never got “Love: And A Million Other Things” on LP back in the 90s! It’s out there for a reasonable cost on the collector’s market so… memo to self.
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