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Edwyn Collins Polishes 'Syntax'
Scottish singer/songwriter Edwyn Collins will release a new studio album, "Doctor Syntax," April 15 through Instinct Records. Consisting of 14 tracks, including three bonus songs not found on the U.K.Scottish singer/songwriter Edwyn Collins will release a new studio album, "Doctor Syntax," April 15 through Instinct Records. Consisting of 14 tracks, including three bonus songs not found on the U.K. edition issued last year, the album features such guests as Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. It's the follow-up to 1997's "I'm Not Following You."
Recorded between 1998 and 2001, Collins primarily collaborated on his fifth studio album with programmer/engineer Sebastian Lewsley. Regarding the title, the former Orange Juice frontman -- best known for his 1995 international hit "A Girl Like You" -- reports, "[It] was cribbed from an early 19th Century satirical book, 'The Tour of Doctor Syntax,' which my Granny gave me on a whim."
Licensed from U.K. label Setanta, "Doctor Syntax" is touted by the New York-based Instinct Records as "Collins at his charming, witty best." The label promises the disc is "filled with lush programming, retro-pop soul grooves, indie-rock invention, and Edwyn's iconic, quivering Bowie-meets-Presley croon."
Song titles include "I Never Felt Like This," which the singer cites as "an attempt to update the Chi-Lites"; "It's Time for Love"; "The Beatles," which he calls "the story of the Beatles compressed into four minutes"; and an ode to Prince dubbed "Should've Done That." A previously unreleased single, "Message for Jojo," is among the bonus cuts.