Johnny Borrell has just released details of his debut solo album ‘Borrell 1’. The Razorlight frontman has gone it alone and to tempt us into his new venture he has released lead single ‘Pan-European Supermodel Song (Oh! Gina)’. Yes, it is a bit of a mouthful.
More stripped back than his previous sound with Razorlight, Borrell has created a very vintage sounding track. Legendary producer Trevor Horn worked on the re-record of the album and has kept the simplistic sound of the tracks that were originally recorded on a four track recorder. About the album Borrell said, “The music just came very naturally. It’s an album that was born in the spirit of a party, and the arrangements for the songs come from that atmosphere.”
In his lead single Borrell delivers, in his signature plaintive tone, a love story over a jolly piano score accompanied by some very retro sax playing. This sounds a bit like it’s been taken straight out of your parent’s record archives. Its playful tone just stops it from being a bit, well, naff.
Personally, I think ‘Pan-European Supermodel Song (Oh! Gina)’ sounds a bit too twee, but judgment will be reserved until I hear the rest of the album (to be released on July 22nd). But with track titles like ‘Cyrano Masochiste’ and ‘Power To The Women’ I’m not holding out much hope.