This review was originally published in August of 2018.
It's got some of that scrappy electric guitar we might remember from Is This It, but the undertone is more casual, more introspective, and more personal: showcasing a new sense of vulnerability, perhaps. Francis Trouble, the new release on Red Bull Records from Albert Hammond, Jr, features Far Away Truths, and represents a new direction for this staple artist of the indie rock genre.
The production here feels nuanced, artistic, and stripped-down. It's a story from a star about being a star; about the world as it is, about the cognitive dissonance maybe not everyone can see:
“With every role that you play
The revolution televised
There’s a time and a place
Don’t tell me that it’s paradise”— Albert Hammond, Jr
I think the message is clear, from the song, as well as the artist: we're just a moment away. Rejoice.
Albert Hammond Jr. is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer. He is most famous for his role as rhythm and lead guitarist, as well as occasional keyboard player and backing vocalist, in the American rock band The Strokes. This song is featured on our CHILL NEW Songwriters playlist.