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Brighten will feature nine tracks, including a cover of Elton John’s Goodbye. It’s set to be the musician’s first full solo studio record since 2002’s Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2.
Cantrell tapped a number of big-name rockers to help on Brighten, including Greg Puciato and Gil Sharone from The Dillinger Escape Plan and Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses. Brighten was co-produced with Tyler Bates and Cantrell’s longtime engineer Paul Fig.
Cantrell told Rolling Stone the idea for Atone laid dormant in his head for “20-plus years” saying “sometimes it takes a while for a good idea to find its best form”.
He added: “As a fan of Ennio Morricone scores and Sergio Leone movies, it’s got a bit of that outlaw vibe, with a cool psycho hillbilly stomp”.
Cantrell also said he reached out to Elton John specifically to get his blessing to cover Goodbye. “Out of respect to Elton, I wouldn’t include it unless he said it was OK,” he said. “[Elton] played piano on Black Gives Way to Blue, which I wrote for Layne, so I reached out to Elton, he listened to it, and told me ‘You should absolutely use it.’ I got the signoff by the man himself. I couldn’t think of a better way to close the record!”
See the tracklist for Brighten here:
- Prism of Doubt
- Black Hearts and Evil Done
- Siren Song
- Had To Know
- Nobody Breaks You
- Goodbye (Elton John cover)