Robert Lamm and Chicago released ‘XXXVI: Now’ last summer, marking their initial new studio recording since ‘Chicago XXX’ in 2006.
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This may well be the band’s first great album of new material in a generation.
The impetus for this track goes back to the immediate aftermath of Desert Storm.
Chicago has announced a title, offered additional samples of its new music and revealed the cover art for its first album in eight years. Featuring 11 original tracks, Chicago XXXVI: Now finds the band in the midst of an entirely new way of creating.
Chicago was on a roll in 2013, as the venerable band capped off the year with the release of the song “Crazy Happy.”
Even as Chicago continues work on its first new material since 2006, Robert Lamm marvels over the changes that have swept through the industry.
When Peter Cetera’s mid-1980s departure threatened to derail Chicago’s commercial breakthrough, they regrouped with outside writers to keep the streak going. But they never quite regained creative momentum.
Earlier this year, Something Else! mentioned the band Chicago’s return to recording. Now, we have what we hope is one of the many fruits of their labors, the single, “Somethin’ Comin’, I Know.”
Robert Lamm, who been there for every successive incarnation of Chicago, takes the long view on how the band’s sound has developed and changed over the years.
At least two members of Chicago, including fellow co-founder Robert Lamm, have said that Peter Cetera refuses to reunite with the group because he doesn’t want to work that hard anymore. Cetera is firing back, saying: “That’s a lie.”