After five years of supporting his 2003 debut "Chariot," Gavin DeGraw is finally prepared to release his next studio effort.

After five years of supporting his 2003 debut "Chariot," Gavin DeGraw is finally prepared to release his next studio effort. The self-titled affair, due this week via J Records, was produced by Howard Benson and is led by the single "In Love With a Girl."

"I've had a lot of time to make these songs, but didn't really have any down time from one thing to the next," DeGraw recently says. "When I came off the road, I thought, 'Now I can relax and spend time with people that I love.' But then I thought, 'I can't lose steam here.'"

Tracks like the single, "Young Love" and "Cop Stop" ("Baby I'm a cop / stop, put up your hands and surrender to me") revisit the themes of love and relationships which dominated "Chariot." "I spend the most ridiculous amount of time of writing lyrics," he says. However, with the addition of heavier guitar lines and a faster pace, DeGraw hopes the effort comes off more "primal."

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