LABEL: DOUBLE J MUSIC
VINYL RELEASE DATE: 2/11/2022
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2/11/2022
VARIANT: RED VINYL LP
"Atone" is the lead single from Brighten, the upcoming 2021 solo album from Alice In Chains guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrel. Cantrell co-produced Brighten over the past year with film composer Tyler Bates and longtime engineer Paul Figueroa. Right from the jump, the riff rolls like a runaway freight train underscored by cinematic twang. As the momentum builds, he intones the hummable hook before a psychedelic break.
"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. It's been kicking around in my head for like 20-plus years, haunting me. Sometimes it takes a while for a good idea to find its best form. Such was the case with 'Atone.'" — Jerry Cantrell
For Brighten, Cantrell and company welcomed a dynamic cast of supporting players, including drummers Gil Sharone and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney), pedal steel master Michael Rozon, Vincent Jones on piano, Wurlitzer, and organ. Other rock legends added to the fun of this LP, including Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) on select bass tracks, Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) handling all of the background vocals and Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age) overseeing the mixing of Brighten. Together, they recorded eight originals and the LP closes with an approved-by-Elton John cover of his classic "Goodbye" as the finale.
Jerry's upcoming effort will mark his first full-length release since "Degradation Trip," the epic solo album he made in 2002 with future Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin.