"Sweeter," Gavin DeGraw's fourth album, features the sunny pop-rock sound that fans have appreciated since his first album was released in 2003. The biggest difference this time around? DeGraw has grown as a songwriter since the 2009 release of "Free," and the 34-year-old New York native isn't afraid to flaunt his new insights.
"I think that there's even more risk on this album, and that has to do with me as a person," says DeGraw, "being more willing to just expose more of my own personal life and my own personal feelings."
Before "Sweeter" hits stores on Tuesday (Sept. 20), DeGraw sat down with Billboard.com to discuss each of the 10 songs on the album. The singer-songwriter discussed how the track "Candy" relates to Internet gossip, how "Radiation" is "not a romantic song at all," and how he wrote first single "Not Over You" as a way to capture the "vulnerability of not getting over somebody" -- but being too proud to share those feelings.
Check out Gavin DeGraw's video track-by-track above, and read about how the singer has recovered from his August assault to deliver his latest opus.
(reporting by Phil Gallo, L.A.)