Album premiere: Ian McLagan’s ‘United States’ – USA TODAY

United States could seem like an odd title for a relationship album, but for Ian McLagan, it just made sense.

“You’re always looking for something different,” he says. He Googled around to see if any other albums had the same title, “but of course, I just got the post office and the government. I didn’t really find anything.”

The soulful, unbridled effort, premiering at ahead of its June 17 release, is the first new album from the Faces/Small Faces keyboardist (and onetime Rolling Stones sideman) in five years. While his 2009 album Never Say Never was a journey through grieving (McLagan’s wife, Kim, died in a car accident in 2006), United States is a “journey into relationships, which has proved to be interesting, if not successful,” he says. “There’s always something to write about, it seems.”

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