Since his 1966 mega-hit “Elusive Butterfly” helped revolutionize American music, Bob's artistry has continued to improve and evolve. Today, 45 years into his impressive career, his songs have been covered by more than 200 quality artists. He's writing and singing better than ever. And he's playing his fantastic music all over the United States and Europe.
"Bob Lind's last studio album, 'Since There Were Circles', was released back in 1971. It flopped and Lind returned to the life of heave drinking and drug use he'd fallen into following the international success of 'Elusive Butterfuly' in 1966... By the late 70s Lind had cleaned up, settling in Florida and focussing on writing short stories, screenplays and novels. The best of these, 'East of The Holyland' set in 1964, tells the story of a Denver folk singer watching his world collapse. It echoed the disintegration of Lind's own career and would inspire Jarvis Cocker to write 'Bob Lind (The Only Way Is Down)', on Pulp's 'We Love Life' in 2001. Jarvis and Richard Hawley became firm champions of Lind's sorrowful writing and the intricate, baroque folk arrangmenets that were a feature of his albums with producer Jack Nietzshe in 1966, 'Don't Be Concerned' and 'Photographs Of Feelings'. Lind will be best remembered for 'Elusive Butterfly', but he was much covered at the time. In Britain alone, Keith Relf ('Mister Zero'), Marianne Faithfull ('Counting') and Adam Faith ('Going Home') plundered Lind's songbook... A solid, welcome return"
"If the opening cut on Bob Lind's first new album in over 40 years isn't autobiographical, it might as well be: a tale of a dark and damaged man resisting the love of a strong woman, How Dare You Love Me fairly mirrors facets of an artist who, by his own admission, wasn't the most wonderful person to know or work with.
With his demons now a distant memory, however, Lind has delivered a mature and reflective album revealing that all his poetic invention remains solidly in place. Working with his pal Jamie Hoover, the pair have constructed a beautifully produced set of songs that ultimately form a positive and uplifting statement but from a particularly adult perspective. Anyone hankering after Lind's soaring melodies, his lyrical imagery and expressive voice will be more than delighted with what they find here - Lind's voice in particular clearer and more confident than we might expect.
Ultimately, however, the songs define him. Every single one here offers wealth and interest with just enough of the 60s poking through to make them feel comfortable. With an arrangement that will make everyone smile, the title track perhaps describes Lind making this album for us. We welcome him back with open arms."