The Cranberries, Garbage, and Fiona Apple have all released new albums this year, with other ’90s alt-rock contemporaries like Alanis Morissette, No Doubt, The Wallflowers, Dave Matthews Band, and Tori Amos set to follow with new sets in the next several weeks.
Sixpence None The Richer, whose success arrived at the tail end of the decade with the winsome #2 hit “Kiss Me” and a cover of The La’s “There She Goes,” is also on the comeback trail. The Nashville-based band returned last week with Lost In Transition, their first new full-length since calling it quits in 2004. Jim Scott (Wilco, The Bangles, Court Yard Hounds) produced the set.
The album’s title seems appropriate, as new single “Sooner Than Later” finds Sixpence None The Richer moving away from the sweet swoon of songs like the aforementioned “Kiss Me” and “Breathe Your Name” (from the band’s last studio album, 2002′s Divine Discontent).That’s as to be expected, as innocence is erased by experience, with “Sooner Than Later” colored instead by a certain weariness and cautious optimism that comes from living life. (Singer Leigh Nash told Billboard she wrote the song about the 2007 death of her father.)
“Sooner Than Later” could find favor with country audiences, especially with the music video below. I can imagine Sixpence’s latest sitting quite nicely alongside Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, and other successful crossover acts. Nashville has changed over the years too.
Take a listen to “Radio,” another track from Lost In Transition that was previewed in May, ahead of the album’s release.