Everything We Know About Cole Swindell’s Third Studio Album
On Feb. 26, Cole Swindell released "Break Up in the End," the first taste of his upcoming third album. While many of the details of the forthcoming release have yet to be announced, Swindell provided some hints to The Boot and other reporters during a recent 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 has not yet shared the title of his upcoming project. He suggested that the album may 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 stresses that the final decision has not yet been made.
The Release Date
No details are yet available about the release date for Swindell's next album. Stay tuned!
The Album Cover
Swindell has yet to release cover art for his upcoming project. The Boot will update this story as more details emerge.
Michael Carter, who produced Swindell's first two albums, will again produce his upcoming project. 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.
While Swindell has yet to release an official track list for his new album or even make the final decision about which of the songs that he's recorded will make the cut, he has provided a few details about while tracks he hopes will 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 That 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 That Got Me Here." With its message of gratitude for the friends and family who helped the country star become the person he is today, Swindell says that the track is a close second to "You Should Be Here" as the most important song he's ever written.
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