Album cover artwork for Colin HayColin Hay once proclaimed he was “waiting for my real life to begin.” But on his 15th solo album, he’s contemplating the end.

“Nobody gets a sequel,” he notes in the title track, which features Ringo Starr on drums. “Everyone gets shown the door.”

Hay dedicates the album to Men At Work’s tour manager Ted Gardner, who died last year. But despite death looming large, Hay – one of our finest singers and songwriters – is in a sunny state of acceptance, and Now and the Evermore is a moving meditation on life, loss and love. “Ain’t nobody going to bum my high,” he declares in Love is Everywhere. Later, he has “said goodbye to sorrow”, though in the closing track, he ponders: “When does the end begin?”

But this album shows that it’s too soon to be reflecting on a remarkable career. Colin Hay remains in top form.

Now and the Evermore by Colin Hay is out now via Lazy Eye/Sony.

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