In a fan newsletter sent out a few days ago via email, Jimmy Gnecco announced that he would be re-releasing his debut solo album, The Heart. I love this album, and I am looking forward to what the new versions of the songs are going to sound like. Here’s the newsletter:
Often artists will release a record and then follow it up with acoustic or alternate versions of the songs. This time I chose to do it the opposite way.
When I began the process of recording The Heart, I had a lot of songs to pick from and many things to consider when picking songs. Which ones felt exciting right at that moment, which ones fit together, and which ones would sound good with very minimal production?
The process began to get slightly complicated for me because I felt that some of the songs that I really wanted to record would sound good both acoustically, and with the added sound of more instruments. I decided in my mind that I would record the songs in the way that I intended for this first acoustic/solo record, and I would then revisit them in the future.
My original vision of ‘The Heart’ was to make a record that felt like a warm, quiet, companion to people. It wasn’t meant to be an epic production that we tried to get played on the radio, nor did I have hopes that it would make a huge impact on pop culture. It was just meant to move people one at a time on their own schedule in life.
As I went out and played the record, I found myself immediately missing the band and the sound of bombastic drums and screaming guitars.
So I got a group of people together and we went to Europe to play arenas with the band A-Ha.
It became clear to me that I needed to revisit these songs as soon as I could and create the feeling that we were all experiencing on stage.
This new version of ‘The Heart X’ is exactly that. Exciting, more lush productions of these songs. I’ve also added another song that has become the quintessential Jimmy/Ours song in our eyes, “Bells”.
I hope that you enjoy this new look at these songs. I have developed a great appreciation for both versions at this point, which somehow, are very different from each other.
We look forward to playing these songs live for you, and there are many exciting things on the horizon for us that I look forward to sharing with you! I will keep you all posted.
As always, thank you for taking the time out of your lives to read this and for all of your love and support over the years.
This is some of the best news I’ve heard in awhile. My only concern is what’s the difference between this album and something his band, OURS, would put out? I fear that this may be something similar to what Brandon Flowers of The Killers did… release a solo album that sounds like Killers b-sides. If this is true, I can’t complain because Jimmy Gnecco is one of the few singer songwriters out there that puts quality and effort first into his music. Further investigation is needed.
The album is slated for release on November 7th, 2011.
Jimmy has put up the song mentioned in the newsletter, “Bells”, on YouTube. Check it out below.
After giving this song a listen, it does have an OURS sound to it, a mix of Distorted Lullabies and Precious. Thankfully I love both albums and am not disappointed.
I’ve also found the X Edition of the album’s title track. The first version is the original album version, while the second is allegedly is from the X Edition (PRO-TIP: It’s a free download). Thoughts?
Jimmy Gnecco – “The Heart” original album version
Jimmy Gnecco – “The Heart” X Edition version
Here’s my thoughts: The X Edition of The Heart seems to add more backing vocals, polished up production, added percussion and guitars while not sounding like OURS at all. Very impressive, Jimmy.
Be on the lookout for a stream of The Heart X Edition.