Solitude is Bliss for Brian May in New Video for “Another World”; Reissue of May’s 1998 Solo Record Available Now

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On April 22, Queen guitarist/legend Brian May revisited his 1998 solo album, Another World, for a special reissue package.

The record was May’s second solo release outside his work with his “other” job, so to speak.

This week, May shared a new music video for the title track, and it’s a therapeutic endeavor — both for May and for the viewer. Calming vibes are abundant as May traveled to the Canary Islands to visit locations that make him feel, as he put it, “closest to Heaven.”

“This beautiful place above the clouds is where I did the observing work for my PhD,” said May. “And this is where I used to steal outside under the stars, with a small acoustic guitar, and strum away and sing, and, I guess, commune with the Cosmos!”

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More on the title track, per a news release:

Originally written by Brian for the film Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, contractual issues prevented the song being used. “The story about what could have happened if one little thing had changed in history, that the relationship either happens or not, really touched my heart, and I found it easy to write this song because I was writing from my own feelings of my own relationships.”

“So I wrote this song ‘Another World,’ which is all about how things might be in a parallel universe. I was kind of heartbroken when it didn’t work out, but I thought, ‘OK, this is my song. This is at the heart of what I’m doing.’ And it became the pivot around which my album revolved.”

May also recently shared a video for his cover of Buddy Holly’s “Maybe Baby”:

The original song, which was credited to Holly and his band the Crickets, entered the charts in 1958 — and had a strong effect on then 10-year-old Brian May:

“I heard Buddy Holly make that incredible sound on his guitar, that clang, singing that beautiful song, hearing those wonderful harmonies of the Crickets,” he remembers. “And it completely motivated me. I just thought, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to be able to make music that does that to people, makes them feel this kind of yearning, makes them feel this joy and passion.’”

Revisit — or discover for the first time! — Another World by streaming the new reissue.

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