According to Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess, actor Joaquin Phoenix has been in the studio with him and Charlatans manager Alan McGee working on tracks that Burgess calls "brilliant" but that he doubts will ever be released to the public. The actor's perfectionism may cripple the album's future release, Burgess reports.
Burgess told Billboard that Phoenix was inspired to write songs after learning to play guitar for the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, of which he was the star. "Once [Joaquin] learned guitar, he found that he had quite a lot of demons inside himself that he wanted to expel through music," Burgess says. "All the tracks that me and Alan worked with him on were brilliant, but I think he just keeps scrapping everything or redoing everything. I'm sad to say that I think it's one of those records that may never come out, to be honest with you. It's an ongoing thing. I'm trying to get Alan to force him to put it out at the moment, but I don't know whether it will [get released]."