April 1, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Patti Smith has announced the
release of her eleventh studio album,
. This highly-anticipated album marks Smith's first collection of original material since 2004, when she made her Columbia Records debut with the critically-acclaimed
,' the first single from
, (featuring Tom Verlaine) is available digitally today.
was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in
New York City
and produced by
and her band:
Jay Dee Daugherty
and her long-time collaborator
. Featured guests include Tom Verlaine,
, Smith's son Jackson and daughter
Inspired by Smith's unique dreams and observations,
poetic lyrics are a reflection of our complex world – a world that is rife with chaos and beauty. Praised for her storytelling abilities, Smith has crafted an album that captures a wide range of human experience.
There is an exploratory spirit in the songs that make up
, including a melodic overture imagining the voyage of Amerigo Vespucci to the New World in 1497 (Amerigo), a rock song for the people of
in the wake of last year's earthquake (Fuji-san), a classic ballad in memory of Amy Winehouse (This Is The Girl), an improvised meditation on art and nature (Constantine's Dream) as well as a birthday song written for her friend
has received widespread recognition for her 2010 book,
, the story of her deep friendship with
and their effect on each other as burgeoning artists.
earned Smith the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction as well as an enormous new following. Listeners of all generations will surely relate to the hope, humor, and humanity of
's adventurous new album.
The full track listing for
is as follows:
- April Fool
- This Is The Girl
- Tarkovsky ( The Second Stop is Jupiter)
- Constantine's Dream
- After the Gold Rush
SOURCE Columbia Records