I’ve been waiting a long time for a new album by the artist formerly known as Adam Tyler, a frequent visitor to this blog and my chart between 2010 and 2015. Rebranded several years ago as McEWEN, the affable singer/songwriter has dropped his first album in 9 years called 0524. I’m throwing the spotlight on “Words” as my favourite brand new song from the album, with some splashy Max Martin-esque production that might actually have its roots in the 80’s (I’m thinking of the early synth style of Laurie Latham, such as Paul Young’s The Secret of Association album). “Words” has McEWEN going all out with lots of energy in a dynamite performance.
The album 0524 is full of other delights though, such as new songs like “Playgirl” or “What You Like”, previous releases like “Neon” and “Love That About You” (my two faves, with the latter taking on some new meaning post-pandemic), and the covers of Ace of Base’s “Don’t Turn Around” and “Supernova Girl” (some kitsch from the film “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century”). It’s a family and friends affair, too. “McHusband” Erik is featured in the video for “Words” above with McEWEN; their twin daughters are heard on the playful “I See You Now”; and producers Sky Felix and Aron Friedman return behind the scenes. While I’m sure the release of 0524 is a cathartic one for McEWEN after many intense personal changes over the last few years, I think you’ll find something special for yourself in everything that it has to offer.