Cook considers the "Aftermath"
Thursday, June 18, 2020
– Elizabeth Cook will release her new album, "Aftermath," on Sept. 11on Agent Love Records/Thirty Tigers.
The lead single, "Perfect Girls of Pop," is debuting today. The video was directed by Curtis Wayne Milliard.
Produced by Butch Walker (Green Day, Weezer, Taylor Swift), "Aftermath" is an album about survival and resilience. The 12 songs - all written by Cook - address heartbreak, addiction, death and resurrection.
"This is the first time that I've been completely unchained, really. I wasn't in an oppressive relationship, I wasn't trying to meet some sort of label's expectation, I wasn't trying to meet some sort of market expectations. And that's the way I wanna do it or not at all."
Recorded at Walker's Ruby Red Studios in Santa Monica, Cal., "Aftermath" is Cook's seventh full-length album and features Steve Duerst (bass), Herschel Van Dyke (drums), Aaron Embry (keyboards), Andrew Leahey (guitar) and Whit Wright (pedal steel, Dobro).
This is Cook's first since 2016's "Exodus of Venus."
The track list is:
2. Perfect Girls of Pop
3. Bad Decisions
4. Daddy, I Got Love For You
6. These Days
7. Stanley By God Terry
8. Half Hanged Mary
9. When She Comes
10. Thick Georgia Woman
11. Two Chords And A Lie
12. Mary, The Submissing Years
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