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‘Citizen: In The Next Life’ is Billy Sherwood’s second release in the Citizen series, which continues the
concept begun with the ‘Citizen’ album released in late 2015. The songs describe the individual
experiences in a journey through time and space of a character, ‘The Citizen’, through his own eyes:
from an appearance in the Berlin bunker as Adolf Hitler in the final days of WWII, to the Impressionist
painter Monet, then as Stephen Hawking exploring the depths of the mind and universe, as Wyatt Earp
(the legendary sheriff of Tombstone), plus Christopher Columbus, Romeo Montecchi (Romeo & Juliet),
Mata Hari and other real and fictitious characters.
Of the first single ‘The Partisan’ and other songs on the album, Sherwood says, “the song is about Adolf
Hitler and follows his rise to power and eventual fall. ‘Sophia’ is about the first ever A.I. to be formally
recognised and declared a citizen of a nation (Saudi Arabia). It explores the notion that perhaps this isn’t
such a great idea and ‘just because we can doesn’t mean we should’. ‘Monet’ finds the citizen as the
famous Impressionist painter and expresses the beauty within the paintings themselves, ‘painting for all
our eyes’. ‘We Shall Ride Again’ has the citizen as the famous lawman Wyatt Earp as he takes care of
business, along with his brothers Virgil, Morgan and comrade Doc Holliday. ‘By Design’ is a song where
the soul of the main character is Romeo, expressing his love for his Juliet, while ‘Mata Hari’ is about the
infamous spy who used her seductive ways to get vital information to the governments she worked for.
The double agent would eventually find herself in front of a firing squad after being found out.”
For the first album in the Citizen series, Billy amassed an impressive list of guests, including the last
recorded performance of original Yes bassist Chris Squire. This time around he chose to develop the
concept alone, with the resulting record again displaying his exceptional storytelling skills as he takes
his listeners on a fascinating musical ride through the centuries. It also includes an impersonation of
The Citizen character as Chris Squire via ‘Amazing Grace’, a famous bass solo that he used to perform
on stage and thus deemed a fitting tribute.
“I’m looking forward to this record coming out and having people take these jumps through time. With
the citizen as a guide there are many interesting places this lost soul appears. I think of it as a sort of
movie for the ears. I recommend a good set of headphones and let the stories take you on a journey,”
adds Sherwood.
Billy Sherwood is a current member of Yes, handpicked by original founding member Chris Squire before
his untimely death in 2015 to fill in for him. Sherwood was also asked by legendary progressive icon
John Wetton to replace him in Asia. Having started his career in the bands Lodgic and then World Trade,
with whom he released two albums. Sherwood joined Yes for the first time as a touring member on the
‘Talk’ tour in 1994 before becoming a full time member from 1997-99. He also recorded two albums with
Chris Squire on the ‘Conspiracy’ project and released six albums with Circa, the band he formed with
Tony Kaye, another former Yes member.
1. The Partisan
2. Sophia
3. Monet
4. Skywriter
5. We Shall Ride Again
6. Via Hawking
7. By Design
8. Sailing The Seas
9. Mata Hari
10. Hold Quite
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