The 13-track Hotel Last Resort, which follows 2016’s We Can Do Anything, includes two left-field cover tunes: a version of Greek rock band Pyx Lax’s “I’m Not Gonna Cry” (featuring Gano’s newly translated lyrics) and a stripped-down adaptation of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” (fleshed out with an improvised free-jazz coda).
“I think it’s probably the best one we’ve made since [1984’s] Hallowed Ground,” Ritchie said of the LP. “Which is a long time. It’s just a very focused album, the songs all hold together. It’s a classic album, in the sense that people should actually sit down and listen to the whole thing. It’s not too long. It’s short, it’s punchy, it’s solid, it’s to the point, goes a few different directions but it always comes back to the core approach and then it’s over. Hopefully you’ll think ‘I want to hear that again.'”