Well...this post throws off my elaborate plan to time my 100th post (the next one) perfectly, but whatever--this news is far too exciting to not report. The funny part is that, several days ago, when news of Anthony Callea's new single and McFly's new album's tracklist came out on the same day, I jokingly said that at this rate this singer would be announcing his comeback in a few hours and I would "spontaneously combust in excitement" (a bit gruesome, I know). Well, it may have taken him a week, not a couple of hours, but finally, that announcement has come.
Many of you probably couldn't care less (I know a lot of people don't like him at all). Others are probably very jaded on this topic (feeling they've heard news like this before). However, I am thrilled--and I think the source and the words used this time means we can expect something very definite.
Enough beating around the bush--one of the comebacks (and I don't just mean a new album, but a true comeback) I have most been hoping for (really, the comeback I have most been hoping for) is about to happen:
Gareth Gates is releasing a new album.
The exact wording of the press release, from his official website:
"Dear Gareth fans:
After much anticipation, patience and constant support from all of you, we are thrilled to be able to report some very exciting news which you all have been waiting for. Gareth will be back on your TV screens in 2006! Not only that, but his new album will be ready to release very soon too!
Until now, we have had to keep these projects under wraps in order that they could be developed and worked on privately but we always promised that as soon as there was any concrete news, you'd be the first to know. Whilst it is a little too early to confirm dates and more details, these projects are almost ready and we thought we should let you be the first to know the great news!
More announcements in the very near future will be made here on Gareth's website so please continue to check here for the latest information. Thanks as always for your support. Gareth is very excited and can't wait to be back!"
I am a little worried by the choice of words, though--"back on your TV screens" could mean he's working as a TV presenter, for goodness sake. More realistically, there's also been rumors of a documentary or "tell-all" sort of show about Gareth's career, so, to the cynical part of me, it seems likely this TV appearance will just be this documentary. I'm trying to stay sort of skeptical--it really is sort of odd wording on their part, which makes me a little suspicious. Hopefully, it actually just means promotion. Either way, though--a new album! Again worryingly, though, it just says his album will be "ready to release very soon"--a worrying phrase because 1.) "ready to release" is not the same as "released," and 2.) "very soon" gives us no specific date, or even general date.
If this album was coming out in 2006 (it's not), I think it would just have jumped up to the top of my "most anticipated" list, past McFly and Anthony Callea and Matt Willis and everything else coming this year. I don't think words can express my excitement over this; Gareth makes brilliant, brilliant, brilliant music. I am so beyond excited at this news that there is no word for it, and I hope hope hope all my concerns about the wording of the news come to nothing.
Here's a song I think is particularly apt, as Gareth embarks on what hopefully will be an incredibly successful comeback:
To buy Gareth Gates's second album Go Your Own Way (it's 2 CDs, and yet there's not a single song on it I don't like; there is an incredible number of potential singles on it...have I ever mentioned how much I adore Gareth's style of music? He makes this pure pop I love--even with guitars, it's still pop--it's always catchy--he can do fun uptempo songs or ballads brilliantly--all right, that's probably enough gushing ;) ), go here (physical) or here (digital).
I know not everyone will agree with me, but I think Gareth is a brilliant popstar--I absolutely adore his music (he even showed improvement from first to second album, something which many singers find difficult) and I hope this comeback happens soon (but at the proper time, so he can be successful), is as brilliant as it should be, and is as incredibly successful as it deserves to be.
Who said Friday the 13th was bad luck?!
(I realize this blog has probably seemed very fan-ish over the past few weeks [which isn't how I normally or really am]. I'm trying to keep my excited raving separate from my "real posts," though, and I do try to minimize that raving when possible--I hope it's not bothering you all too much!)