Wilko Johnson returns to Blow Your Mind with his first album of all-new material in 30 years. The former Dr Feelgood guitarist from Canvey Island was diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer. However, despite the doctors' worst predictions, he continued to perform with a new lust for life and even made the most successful album of his career, the gold-selling Going Back Home with the legendary Roger Daltrey. Following that album's remarkable success and a life-saving surgery he announced that he was now cancer-free. Accordingly, follow-up Blow Your Mind is the sound of a man feeling very much alive.
Joining Wilko on the album are his long-standing band; Norman Watt Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums along with producer Dave Eringa who worked with them on Going Back Home. Describing the record as "The album I never thought I'd get to write," it deals with the trials and tribulations that he faced in the last five years, songs such as "Marijuana" and "Take It Easy" deal very directly with the terminal diagnosis Johnson was given. Anyone expecting that Wilko's particular brand of R&B to be softened by such heartfelt lyrics is in for a surprise, if anything his guitar style of "the chop" as he calls it, is even more aggressive. The introspection of some of the tracks on the album is more than balanced out by the good time upbeat party feel of the title track, "Beauty" and "I Love The Way You Do" that have the urgency of the artist's earliest work.
Producer Dave Eringa puts it succinctly: "I never expected to be making another Wilko Johnson album after Going Back Home but what a pleasure and a privilege it was to be able to capture Wilko's first new songs for 30 years! He is one of music's true gentleman – literate, intelligent, and articulate but still rock 'n' roll as fuck!"