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A concept album about religion, written at 40,000 feet, Oh My God is Kansas troubadour Kevin Morby’s fifth solo record since going it alone. He tells Gary Walker why it could be the best thing he’s ever done
He saw the light: new album Oh My God is Kevin Morby’s biggest artistic statement to date

The evocative draw of the Harlem River, the sun-dappled open spaces of the “poor man’s Laurel Canyon” Mount Washington and the weathered grit of New York City: each of Kevin Morby’s albums has been imbued with a sense of place.

In 2019, that place is nowhere. In a celestial no man’s land above the clouds, halfway between terra irma and the heavens, the Kansas singer-songwriter who has called both US coasts home constructed his most ambitious record yet as he jetted around the globe on tour.

Oh My God is the ith album the former Woods and he Babies member has released since going solo in 2013. Its 14 tracks are a naked exploration of religion, the incredulous titular exclamation embodying Morby’s dumbfounded reaction to recent global events. While religious imagery is sprinkled liberally through his previous work, this time it’s the central tenet. Morby’s entirely comfortable with the label concept album at a point in his career where he’s earned the right to make one.

Relaxing on a rare day back in the Midwest state he’s again settled in, and on a hiatus from a seemingly endless world tour which provided him with the air miles to write the album, Morby explains its genesis.

“Oh My God is a record that’s outside of a place,” he says. “here’s a motif through the record where it describes being above the weather and, if anywhere, I want to relate the record to that. I did write a lot of it on aeroplanes.

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In our cover story, we look back at The Stones Roses' classic 1989 debut album 30 years on from its release. Producer John Leckie takes us inside the making of the record and Peter Hook reveals how he would have made it sound even better. We also count down the 60 greatest debut albums of all time, from Are You Experienced to Unknown Pleasures. Elsewhere, the irrepressible Bobby Gillespie guides us through Primal Scream’s new best-of collection, Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll, Kevin Morby explains why a concept album about religion might be the best record he’s ever made, and we meet the outrageously talented Aldous Harding to hear about joyful new LP Designer. We also profile the legendary Stiff Records and take an in-depth look at The Cure’s Disintegration – which turns 30 this year as the band prepare to headline Glastonbury. Legendary photographer Norman Seeff recalls shooting Blondie, Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones, and if that's not enough we bring you the widest range of new album, reissue, turntable and accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.