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    Wed, 09 Jun 2010 09:15:49

     Howard Jones to Release <i>Ordinary Heroes</i> - Album out June 29

    UK-based artist Howard Jones – not the singer of New England metal warriors Killswitch Engage- will return June 29 with Ordinary Heroes. The new collection is said to be Jones' most personal album to date: a stripped-down, straight ahead pop album filled with classic piano and string-infused songs. So if that's your sonic bag, then do it up. It is Jones' first album in six years; he is moving away from his early synth pop sound, which put him on the map in the early 1980's with hits such as "No One is to Blame" and "What is Love." Jones is in a more reflective mood with Ordinary Heroes, looking both inward and beyond the personal with a soulful pop album where storytelling is unobstructed by graceful, memorable melodies and supported by simple, elegant instrumentation. That's what his press release said, and it's a lot of descriptiveness to look up to, so I guess we'll have to wait till June 29 to find out how true the propaganda is.

    "For me, both as a creative artist and man, life is about transforming obstacles into something of value. It's quite hard to live in the modern world, so with this album I wanted to celebrate the courage and fighting spirit in our everyday lives," explained Jones from his London loft where he wrote and laid down the original songs for the new record. He continued, "I wanted to create an album that had a simplicity of sound to it, where you would not be distracted from the lyrics." My ears are surely perked. I want to hear it! The remainder of the instrumentation was recorded in a studio in the west of England without overdubs on top of his original piano and vocal tracks. The final touches included a trip to Wales to record the choir for the emotionally touching song, "Soon You'll Go."
    Who is your favorite '80s British pop artist? I'm going to go with George Michael.

    —Amy Sciarretto

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