Everything We Know About Cole Swindell’s New Album, ‘All of It’
On Feb. 26, Cole Swindell released "Break Up in the End," the first taste of his upcoming third album. A few months later, on June 1, he officially announced the project -- but before that, Swindell provided some hints to The Boot and other reporters during a press conference, and reflected on his growth as an artist and as a person leading up to recording the new record.
"I think I've lived a little longer now, and I've been through more things," Swindell says. "I've learned that it's okay to have a song that's not a party song, or that isn't uptempo. Now that I have people's attention, I can release a song like "You Should Be Here." The people who know me best know that that's me -- the ballad, the breakup thing. And now I know that the best song wins. The arc of the growth is basically "Ain't Worth the Whiskey" to "Break Up in the End," I'll put it that way."
Read on to get up to speed about the singer's upcoming album!
Swindell previously suggested that his new album might end up taking its title from his current Reason to Drink Tour, which shares its name with a song on the record: "It's kind of a fun, country-anthem song," Swindell explains of "Reason to Drink." "Maybe it'll be a single, maybe it won't be, but it would be a cool album title." However, Swindell stressed at the time that the final decision had not yet been made -- and, on June 1, he revealed that his new album would instead be called All of It.
""All of It" is the title of a song that I actually got to go back into the studio and record after we were done with the album," he says. "I'd never had the opportunity to do that before -- usually, when we're done, we're done -- but I just happened to hear this song. I told my team, 'I have to have this song! What are we gonna do?' We went back in and recorded it, and here it is, the album title."
As an album title, All of It also holds significance in terms of the kind of project that Swindell walked into the studio wanting to make: "I think it fit because, when you're making an album, you wanna have a little bit of all of it," he says. "You wanna have the "Break Up in the End"s, and you wanna have the feel-good songs, the party songs.
"I think, on this album, there are going to be more songs like "Break Up in the End," that are gonna tug on people's heartstrings, because that's where I'm at in my career. But, I still have the fun stuff. I can't abandon that, because that's what got me here, and that's what fans saw from me first," Swindell adds. "I think it's a great mixture of fun, sad, happy -- all of it."
The Release Date
All of It is due out on Aug. 17. It is available for pre-order in various bundles via Swindell's official website.
The Album Cover
Swindell's All of It album cover features the singer walking through a wooded area in a casual look: jeans, a grey T-shirt, a light jacket and a ballcap. His name and the album's title run up the left side of the cover.
Michael Carter, who produced Swindell's first two albums, will produce All of It. Although the production credits and band will remain the same, Swindell indicates that there will be a shift in production style, which is apparent in the stripped-down single that has already been released.
"Break Up in the End" is the only the second of Swindell's nine singles that the singer didn't write (the first was his previous single, "Stay Downtown"). However, that doesn't make the song any less special to him, Swindell says.
"I've had relationships along the way that had more "Ain't Worth the Whiskey"-type endings, and then there were some like this," he shares. "Those are the hard ones. You still think the world of each other, it just isn't gonna work out."
With a pared-down style that focuses on the lyrics of the song over the bells and whistles of production, on "Break Up in the End," Swindell hones in on his wheelhouse: the breakup song. He's also released a music video for the track.
Before releasing All of It's track listing on July 13, Swindell provided a few details about while tracks he hoped would make it onto the finished product.
"There's a song called "Dad's Old Number" that was written with me in mind, and it's gonna be a great song," he says. "Another one that's special to me is a song called "The Ones [Who] Got Me Here." I wrote it with Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure. It's my favorite thing I've written since "You Should Be Here." It's about being really lucky to do what you love, and I think a lot of people can relate to that."
In mid-April, Swindell shared another new track, "Somebody's Been Drinkin'." The song is a slow-rolling play-by-play of the rekindling of an old romance late at night. A month later, Swindell followed that track with another new taste of the album, sharing the new song "The Ones Who Got Me Here." He's continued to share more of his new songs in the weeks leading up to All of It's release.
Cole Swindell, All of It Track Listing:
1. "Love You Too Late" (Cole Swindell, Michael Carter, Brandon Kinney)
2. "All of It" (Bobby Pinson, Dallas Davidson, Kyle Fishman)
3. "Somebody’s Been Drinkin’" (Brent Anderson, Lynn Hutton, Hunter Phelps)
4. "Sounded Good Last Night" (Michael Carter, Shane Minor, Chase McGill, Cole Taylor)
5. "Break Up in the End" (Jon Nite, Chase McGill, Jessie Jo Dillon)
6. "I’ll Be Your Small Town" (Cole Swindell, Cole Taylor, Chase McGill)
7. "The Ones Who Got Me Here" (Cole Swindell, Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure)
8. "20 in a Chevy" (Cole Swindell, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite)
9. "Reason to Drink" (Cole Swindell, Michael Carter, Brandon Kinney)
10. "Her" (Matt Jenkins, Ashley Gorley, Chase McGill, Wade Kirby, Phil O’Donnell)
11. "Both Sides of The Mississippi" (Matt Jenkins, Ben Hayslip, J.T. Harding)
12. "Dad’s Old Number" (Jessi Alexander, Chase McGill)
In mid-February, Swindell kicked off his headlining Reason to Drink Tour, featuring opening acts Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina. The trek will resume, as the Reason to Drink ... Another Tour, this fall; Dustin Lynch and Alaina will be Swindell's special guest.
Additionally, Swindell's All of It Tour, directly in support of the new record, will hit six cities beginning on the date of the disc's release.
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