Paul Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder, just released a preview track off his new album, “Everywhere at Once,” which is due out in early August.
The new track, “Pictures of a Dream,” is the second cut off the album that he worked on with his band, the Underthinkers. The first, “Divine,” made its way into last year’s “Magic Mike.” However, any publicly-available recordings of it have mysteriously disappeared from the web.
Unlike the album former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason released yesterday, “Pictures” is actually pretty good. Allen brings a rough-and-tumble distorted guitar sound to a mid-tempo song that feels at home in the rest of the Rock ‘n Roll in my iTunes library.
The best comparison I can come up with is that this feels like a fusion of Warren Zevon, “Other Band”-era Bruce Springsteen and modern alt-rock. While that may sound like a hodge-podge, Allen and the Underthinkers make it work.
Is “Pictures of a Dream” going to be the biggest hit in August? Probably not. But it’s good enough that I’ll seriously consider picking the album up when it drops on August 6.
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If you’re interested in pre-ordering a copy of the album, you can do so through Amazon.
Update: Allen plays lead guitar on the song, with Tim Pike singing vocals.
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.