Billy Sherwood Releases “Citizen: In The Next Life”
Billy Sherwood has been keeping busy with his bass duties in Yes and Asia, but he’s somehow managed to make the followup to his 2015 solo album, Citizen. The new chapter is entitled Citizen: In The Next Life and it continues the album’s concept.
“The songs describe the individual experiences in a journey through time and space of a character, ‘The Citizen’ through his own eyes: from an appearance in the Berlin bunker as Adolf Hitler in the final days of WWII to the Impressionist painter Monet, then as Stephen Hawking exploring the depths of the mind and the universe, Wyatt Earp, the legendary sheriff of Tombstone, Christopher Columbus, Romeo Montecchi and Mata Hari, among other real and fictitious characters.”
Sherwood, who recorded the entire album on his own, also pays tribute to his late friend Chris Squire, who handpicked him to fill his role in Yes. One of the songs includes an impersonation of the character “The Citizen” as Chris Squire. “‘Amazing Grace’ is a famous bass solo that Chris used to do on stage and so it seemed a fitting tribute to him,” a release explains.
Get a taste of the album with “We Shall Ride Again”:
Citizen: In the Next Life Track List:
- The Partisan
- We Shall Ride Again
- Via Hawking
- By Design
- Sailing The Seas
- Mata Hari
- Hold Quite