Today, JJ Wilde releases Ruthless (Black Box/BMG), the debut full-length album that chronicles the fast-rising career of one of rock’s most exciting new voices. She has gone from a fan-favorite underdog touring alongside The Struts, Incubus, The Blue Stones, and The Glorious Sons, to a recent chart-topper.
Listen to the full album here
Ruthless is full of fan and critical favorites, including the devastating ballad “Funeral For A Lover” (“profoundly moving” - American Songwriter), the soaring “State of Mind” (“soul-stirring anthem” - Ones to Watch), and the groovy “Cold Shoulder” (for fans of [The] Struts, Amy Winehouse and YONAKA … kicking ass and taking names” - Alt Press). Ruthless also features “The Rush,” which topped Billboard’s Canada Rock Chart for the past three weeks, sharing the top ten with modern rock legends like The Killers, The Black Keys, and Billy Talent. With “The Rush,” Wilde is the first female artist to have a debut single go number one on all three Canadian rock radio formats.
“This album has felt like a long time coming, and no time at all” said Wilde, ”most of the inspiration for the album came from an apartment I lived in two years before I started this journey. I was in a dark place, and was very unsure of where my life was going. Almost 4 years later, with countless shows, tours, traveling, writing sessions, I now feel like this album is the complete first draft of an inside look into my world. My journey to get here, relationships beginning and ending, friendships, jobs, you name it. It been a wild ride, and i'm excited to finally be able to share it. “
Other Ruthless highlights include the thrilling album opener “Knees,” a classic break-up kiss-off and formative mission statement for the album; “Breakfast In Bed,” a giddy and empowering tribute to ‘00 New York rock ‘n’ roll that Wilde was able to write and finish within hours of striking inspiration; and album closer “Feelings,” which finds Wilde in a more somber mood - and it might be her most experimental and sonically adventurous song yet.
Watch the music video for “The Rush”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-c2jhYCdrU