Mark poses with his guitar and new bleach blonde hair. His new album ‘Record Collection’ is a return to form after the ill-advised covers record. Hear it here ahead of its release.
BRIT Awards 2008 – Show – London
Ronson’s forthcoming third album ‘Record Collection’, due out in September, finds him ditching the horns and cheesy cover versions – and it’s really rather good. Still dubious? Read Leonie Cooper’s track-by-track guide to the record.
Music Control’s My Playlist Party – London
In the new issue, Ronson explains how he was hurt by the scorn directed at him following the success of his last album, 2007’s ‘Version’. “The first time you see negative things about you, you think ‘OK’,” he says. “Then they start to pile up and you think, ‘Fuck, what did I do?'”
Inspired by a childhood spent flitting between hip-hop and classic indie, Ronson’s new album – he hopes – will win over people who previously wrote him off as a one-trick pony: “Anyone who says all I can do is covers of songs with horns – well here I am singing a song I wrote without horns. The album itself is the answer.”
More on the new album: according to Tim Chester, who wrote the cover feature, ‘Record Collection’ “operates on classic rap’s frequency, and might just be one of the great party albums of 2010”.
The NME cover in full. Order the digital edition of the mag here, or find it in newsagents across the UK from Wednesday 4 August.